Real Estate & Retail

Failed jewelry retailer to sell millions in inventory

November 16, 2009
Greg Andrews
An old-line Indianapolis jewelry business has shut down, setting the stage for the sale of millions of dollars in remaining inventory through auctions planned in Indianapolis, Chicago, Miami and Naples, Fla.
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City Market gets OK to evict anchor Constantino's

November 14, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
The cash-strapped, half-vacant City Market is playing legal hardball with five current or former tenants that are behind on rent, a move that’s led to the imminent eviction of Constantino’s Market Place.
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Retailers surprisingly upbeat as they head into holidaysRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Greg Andrews
Those in the trenches say this won't be a blockbuster Christmas, but it won’t be horrid, either.
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Teachers' pension fund poised to buy downtown building from DukeRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Indiana State Teachers’ Retirement Fund is negotiating to buy a 12-story office building across from the Statehouse in what could be the year’s largest downtown office transaction.
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Construction under way on downtown condo conversion

November 14, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Shelton, a five-story building on Delaware Street, is getting a $3 million makeover.
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National, state foreclosure filings fall

November 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana foreclosure filings were down only 1.5 percent in October from the previous month, but have fallen a whopping 18.5 percent from October 2008.
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Duke Realty land auction nets $1M; pricier properties go unsold

November 11, 2009
Cory Schouten
Locally based Duke Realty Corp. netted more than $1 million during a Tuesday auction of surplus development parcels in Indianapolis, Fishers, Plainfield and Lebanon.
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Local man gets 37 months in mortgage-fraud scheme

November 10, 2009
Cory Schouten
A federal judge has ordered an Indianapolis man to serve 37 months in prison and pay $1.7 million in restitution for his role in a massive mortgage fraud scheme.
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Tax credit helps boost area home sales 20 percent

November 10, 2009
Scott Olson
A federal tax credit that benefits first-time homebuyers is helping to bring home sales in the nine-county Indianapolis area out of their funk.
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Van Rooy scoops up troubled complex

November 10, 2009
Tom Harton
Van Rooy Properties plans to spend $5.5 million renovating a 277-unit west side apartment complex that it acquired a month ago in an unusual deal.
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Noble Roman's reports profit despite lower revenue

November 10, 2009
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Indianapolis-based Noble Roman's Inc. said late Monday that it posted a third-quarter profit of $459,535, or 2 cents per share—a 44-percent improvement over the same period last year. But revenue for the quarter fell to $1.9 million, from $2.2 million in 2008.
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Duke Realty's chief operating officer resigns

November 9, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indianapolis-based Duke Realty Corp. announced Monday that its chief operating officer will leave the company at the end of the year.
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Allen Plaza developer bullish on downtown, eager for next project

November 7, 2009
Cory Schouten
J. Greg Allen sees the $14 million Allen Plaza renovation as a message to city leaders that he intends to leave a lasting mark on downtown.
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Failed Charlotte skyscraper brings Indianapolis developer back to earth

November 7, 2009
Greg Andrews
The Flaherty & Collins project—dubbed 210 Trade—would have been the tallest residential building in the Carolinas, with more floors than any building in the region except the Charlotte headquarters of Bank of America Corp.
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WOODS: Too many contractors misleading prospectsRestricted Content

November 7, 2009
Jeremy Woods
Some contractors, many of whom are desperate to replenish backlogs decimated by the recession, are not telling prospective clients the whole story about exit strategies.
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Former Smith-Holden Music employees open new Bloomington store

November 7, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Two key employees of the recently closed store in downtown Bloomington have opened their own venture, Melody Music Shop.
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IUPUI mulling options for old Wishard Hospital siteRestricted Content

November 7, 2009
J.K. Wall
The most obvious use for the old Wishard site is an expansion of the Indiana University School of Medicine, particularly for medical research space, university administrators said.
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IURC conducts review of Centennial's telecom serviceRestricted Content

November 7, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Every neighborhood has its battles, but the 1,017-resident Centennial subdivision in Westfield is embroiled in one of the most unusual: a very public fight over the adequacy of its phone, Internet and video service.
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A peek at the future: Nature Conservancy's 'green' HQ

November 7, 2009
Cory Schouten
Work is on schedule for a new headquarters for The Nature Conservancy of Indiana, which includes a variety of first-in-Indianapolis "green" features. Tour the building through IBJ's narrated slideshow.
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Kite Realty takes big write-off, dragging down quarterly results

November 5, 2009
Cory Schouten
Kite Realty Group Trust reported a 70 percent drop in funds from operations for the quarter ended Sept. 30, after the Indianapolis-based developer wrote off the entire book value of a Dallas strip center.
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Companies fined over death at convention center site

November 5, 2009
The Indiana Department of Labor has completed its investigation into the death of a construction worker at the expansion site of the Indiana Convention Center and fined four local companies a total of $31,000 for safety violations.
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HHGregg's quarterly earnings, sales jump

November 5, 2009
HHGregg reported a rise in quarterly profit and sales Thursday morning that exceeded analyst expectations, despite a decrease in same-store sales.
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Bloomington chamber weighs in on chain-store ban

November 4, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce is opposing Mayor Mark Kruzan’s proposal to restrict chain stores and restaurants downtown.
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Hat World acquires 37-store Sports Fan-Attic chain

November 3, 2009
Cory Schouten
Locally based Hat World Inc. has agreed to acquire a popular 37-store athletic retail chain in hopes of doing for collegiate and professional sports licensed apparel what Hat World did for headwear.
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City Market board sought 3-year closure for redevelopment

November 3, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Board president says he quit after Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard declined proposal to shut down historic landmark until 2013 for major renovation.
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  2. One important correction, Indiana does not have an ag-gag law, it was soundly defeated, or at least changed. It was stripped of everything to do with undercover pictures and video on farms. There is NO WAY on earth that ag gag laws will survive a constitutional challenge. None. Period. Also, the reason they are trying to keep you out, isn't so we don't show the blatant abuse like slamming pigs heads into the ground, it's show we don't show you the legal stuf... the anal electroctions, the cutting off of genitals without anesthesia, the tail docking, the cutting off of beaks, the baby male chicks getting thrown alive into a grinder, the deplorable conditions, downed animals, animals sitting in their own excrement, the throat slitting, the bolt guns. It is all deplorable behavior that doesn't belong in a civilized society. The meat, dairy and egg industries are running scared right now, which is why they are trying to pass these ridiculous laws. What a losing battle.

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