Real Estate & Retail

Developer plans $80M project in Carmel

January 4, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Apartment specialist Edward Rose Properties Inc. is proposing an $80 million mixed-use project on mostly undeveloped land in Carmel’s Old Meridian District.
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New owner IU set to unveil plans for shuttered Wishard Hospital campus

January 4, 2014
Scott Olson
The university wants to expand its health services program by using some existing Wishard space and tearing down other buildings and replacing them with modern facilities,
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Can Simon’s mall spinoff become a growth company?

January 4, 2014
Greg Andrews
There’s not a lot of sizzle among the 54 strip shopping centers and 44 enclosed malls that Simon Property Group Inc. plans to spin off into a new public company early next year.
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Circle Centre nears deals for Burger Palace, Yard House, LA Fitness

January 3, 2014
Scott Olson
Three prominent restaurant chains, including one developed by Bobby Flay, and a health club franchise are eying the vacant space formerly occupied by Nordstrom in Circle Centre.
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Simon amends plan for CEO's controversial $154M bonus

January 3, 2014
Mason King
Simon Property Group has tied CEO David Simon's $154 million retention bonus to the financial performance of the company, but plaintiffs in a related legal action are not satisfied.
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U.S. construction spending up 1 percent in November

January 2, 2014
Associated Press
The Commerce Department said construction spending increased 1 percent in November to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $934.4 billion. That's the fastest rate since March 2009.
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Cord Camera to close remaining Indianapolis store

January 1, 2014
Associated Press
A camera business that once had more than 30 locations in Ohio and Indiana is closing six of its remaining eight stores in the face of dropping sales and increased use of smartphone cameras.
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Century-old Mass Ave landmark changes hands

December 31, 2013
Scott Olson
The Marott Center was built in 1906 as one of the first multi-level department stores in Indiana and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Whole Foods-anchored project causes stir in Broad Ripple

December 28, 2013
Scott Olson
A local developer’s plan to build a $25 million mixed-use project in Broad Ripple anchored by a Whole Foods grocery met fierce resistance from neighborhood residents opposed to its size.
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Panel's use of TIF funds spurs new flap in Carmel

December 28, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The cash-strapped Carmel Redevelopment Commission is revising its 2014 budget to account for the loss of a six-figure income stream critics say it was not entitled to use in the first place.
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Indy scores pro soccer team

December 28, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Real estate executive Ersal Ozdemir secured a deal to play the first couple of seasons at the track and soccer stadium at IUPUI, but said he hoped to build an 8,000- to 10,000-seat soccer stadium downtown within four years.
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City finally lands development for Market Square

December 28, 2013
Scott Olson
Flaherty & Collins Properties plans to build an $81 million, 28-story skyscraper in what would be the tallest new downtown development since the 34-story JW Marriott hotel opened in 2011.
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Target says customers' encrypted PINs were stolen

December 27, 2013
Associated Press
The retailer claims the PIN numbers of some 40 million customers are safe and secure, but a security consultant counsels changing the access codes.
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Steak n Shake cooks up expansion plan for Saudi Arabia

December 27, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-based burger chain has growth plans far afield of its base of operations in the Midwest, intending to open 50 restaurants in the Middle Eastern country.
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Bloomington defends tough smoke-detector ordinance

December 26, 2013
Associated Press
Property owners sued in July to block the law, which requires landlords to install hard-wired smoke detectors by 2019.
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HHGregg's CFO to depart in January

December 26, 2013
Mason King
Jeremy J. Aguilar plans to take a similar position with another company, the Indianapolis-based retailer announced Thursday.
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Holiday sales at stores down for third consecutive week

December 23, 2013
Associated Press
Compared with last December, shoppers are more choosy this year and holding back on spending at brick-and-mortar locations. But even online sales are running below their expected growth rate.
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Bill to target abandoned-home epidemic in Indiana

December 23, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, wants to shorten the amount of time vacant homes sit idle.
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U.S. credit card info is easy pickings for hackers

December 22, 2013
Associated Press
Incidences like the recent data theft affecting 40 million Target customers could become more common as retailers, banks and credit card companies argue over who should pay for security upgrades.
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Pittsburgh grocer jumping into Indy market

December 21, 2013
Scott Olson
A major supermarket chain is hoping to expand into the Indianapolis market, starting with an anchor position in a mixed-use project under construction in Carmel.
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Rebranding of bird-food retail chain ups emphasis on core product

December 21, 2013
Sam Stall
Wild Birds Unlimited recently unveiled a new marketing program encompassing everything from revamped store design to new staff training to a rebalancing of the product line. The idea was to place less emphasis on gift items and more on the store’s core product—birdseed.
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Finish Line sees strong quarterly profit on big revenue rise

December 20, 2013
The company rebounded in its fiscal third quarter from a loss in the year-ago period, thanks in part to strong same-store sales and improvements in e-commerce sales.
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Fury and frustration over Target data breach

December 20, 2013
Associated Press
Potential victims of credit card fraud tied to Target's security breach said they had trouble contacting the discounter through its website and call centers.
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Holiday shopping season: A disappointment so far

December 19, 2013
Associated Press
Sparse crowds at malls and "50 percent off" signs at The Gap and other stores offer clues as to how this holiday season is shaping up so far: It's the most discount-driven one since the U.S. was in a deep recession.
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Well-known auto dealer O'Brien dies at 82

December 18, 2013
 IBJ Staff
In an auto-sales career spanning more than 50 years, Tom O'Brien built on a single dealership started by his father and created a multi-dealership business that today includes 16 family members.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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