Real Estate & Retail

Builder looks to cold storage for steady work in a weak economyRestricted Content

December 5, 2009
Brock Benefiel
Cold storage might become a hot business for a building contractor.
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City mulls 6 proposals for use of Old City Hall

December 5, 2009
Peter Schnitzler

Visions for the empty historic building range from offices to a museum. Two developers propose a boutique hotel on an adjacent parking lot. Video bonus: Tour the landmark's interior.

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Simon buying General Growth debt for possible takeover

December 4, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Indianapolis-based shopping mall owner is facing competition for General Growth from Toronto-based Brookfield Asset Management Inc., which also has been buying up General Growth's debt.
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Hansen & Horn insolvent, receivership next step for builder

December 3, 2009
Scott Olson
The president of Hansen & Horn Group Inc. admitted in court Thursday that the troubled home builder is insolvent and agreed to have a receiver appointed to operate the company.
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General Growth's refinancing plan could thwart Simon

December 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
General Growth Properties Inc., the nation's second-largest shopping mall operator, said lenders have agreed to restructure about $9.7 billion in debt. The agreements could put a damper on the acquisition aspirations of rival Simon Property Group Inc.
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Visions for ailing City Market include arts venue, YMCA

December 3, 2009
Riley Area Development Corp. is pitching the idea of building a performing arts center in the City Market. The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis, meanwhile, is in talks with the city about building a full-service fitness center on the site.
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Indiana Ice plan to build $12 million hockey facility

December 2, 2009
Scott Olson
Ice Sports and Entertainment, the owner of the Indiana Ice hockey team, announced Wednesday afternoon that it plans to build a complex that could contain up to four skating rinks and house the Indiana/World Skating Academy.
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Attorneys drop troubled home builder Hansen & Horn

December 2, 2009
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based Hansen & Horn Group Inc. is without legal representation after attorneys defending the troubled home builder from a slew of lawsuits dropped it as a client.
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Carmel buying 12 acres for new well field

December 1, 2009
Cory Schouten
The city of Carmel has agreed to buy about 12 acres adjacent to the Mansion at Oak Hill for a new well field.
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Report: Simon considers sale of European properties

November 30, 2009
Cory Schouten
Simon Property Group Inc. may sell several of its properties in Europe to help raise funds for a possible bid for bankrupt rival General Growth Properties.
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Downtown life sciences corridor flagged for development

November 28, 2009
 IBJ Staff
A new task force is charged with making recommendations for development of the city’s downtown certified technology park.
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Topping off planned for JW Marriott hotel

November 28, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The 34-story hotel, the city's largest, is scheduled to open in 2011.
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Alcohol distributor fights decision allowing big competitor into Indiana

November 28, 2009
J.K. Wall
National Wine & Spirits Inc. suffered a staggering reversal of fortune when the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission ruled Nov. 5 that Southern Wine & Spirits of America Inc. could distribute here.
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Airport plans holiday events to lure traffic to Civic Plaza

November 27, 2009
Associated Press
Entertainment planned for December could put airport visitors in a spending mood. Retail sales at the terminal have suffered this year due in part to a 10 percent drop in passenger traffic, prompting the Airport Authority to search for ways to boost revenue.
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Employers brace for Cyber Monday

November 25, 2009
Scott Olson
More than 53 percent of workers with Internet access, or 68.8 million, are expected to shop online Monday, according to the Washington, D.C.-based National Retail Federation.
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Neighborhood revitalization group calling it quits

November 24, 2009
 IBJ Staff
BOS Community Development Corp., created in 1982 to revitalize the Indiana Avenue and Midtown area, says its mission is accomplished.
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Patachou owner's pizzeria receives variance approval

November 24, 2009
Scott Olson
Cafe Patachou owner Martha Hoover can now move forward with plans to open a pizzeria next to her trademark eatery at 49th and Pennsylvania streets.
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Troubled homebuilder's funds frozen after failing to pay judgment

November 24, 2009
Scott Olson
A Marion County judge has frozen certain Hansen & Horn Group Inc. funds after the Indianapolis homebuilder failed to pay a $183,000 legal judgment. The move sheds light on the severity of the company’s woes.
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Research lab could replace ATA headquarters

November 24, 2009
Cory Schouten
Paul Kite Co. has applied for a rezoning of the 16.5-acre site to allow for non-airport uses.
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Biglari was persistent in pressing Western Sizzlin deal

November 23, 2009
Greg Andrews
Steak n Shake CEO Sardar Biglari proposed buying Western Sizzlin in January and again in May and advocated the unusual structure of the $39 million transaction.
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Remnants of failed Premier Properties finally hit market

November 21, 2009
Cory Schouten
CB Richard Ellis recently began marketing the most prominent of Premier Properties’ local properties, Metropolis. The Venu site at the southwest corner of East 86th Street and Keystone Avenue also is up for grabs.
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Falling property prices fuel new wave of bank woes

November 21, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
The second and third quarters were brutal for Indiana banks, as they set aside big reserves to cover losses on commercial real estate loans.
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Homeownership losing cachet due to housing bust, job losses

November 21, 2009
Cory Schouten
Multifamily housing may not benefit anytime soon from falling rates of homeownership.
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Fledgling technology park is development bright spotRestricted Content

November 21, 2009
Kim Puckett
WestGate@Crane Technology Park is adding office buildings for defense contractors next to the secretive Naval Surface Warfare Center at Crane.
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Denison light-replacement project shows expanding base of green vendors in regionRestricted Content

November 21, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis parking garage operator Denison shuns sexy LED lighting for Fishers supplier’s induction lights.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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