Real Estate & Retail

Local developer Keystone buys north-side office park

February 11, 2014
Scott Olson
An affiliate of Keystone Realty Group has bought Waterplace Office Park on North Meridian Street and plans to make a major investment in the property in hopes of improving occupancy.
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Kite paying $1.2B for rival real estate developer

February 10, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Kite Realty Group Trust will remain in Indianapolis after the purchase, which will balloon its holdings to 131 properties covering 20 million square feet of shopping center space in 26 states.
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$80M project on tap for Keystone at the CrossingRestricted Content

February 8, 2014
Scott Olson
A local developer plans to build a hotel, apartments, offices and retail space on the last two vacant parcels in Keystone at the Crossing.
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Mall giant Simon beating back perceptions of Internet threatRestricted Content

February 8, 2014
-Greg Andrews
Brick-and-mortar retailers experienced a rough holiday season, and the doldrums continued through January—fueling hand-wringing among investors and other observers over whether the Internet has permanently diminished the American shopping mall.
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Capital Center honored as outstanding buildingRestricted Content

February 8, 2014
Capital Center, a downtown twin-office-tower complex, has been honored with The Outstanding Building of the Year award for central Indiana by the Building Owners and Managers Association.
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Architecture firm closing, renovated HQ on block

February 7, 2014
Scott Olson
A2SO4 Architecture LLC has begun to wind down operations as a bank forecloses on a couple of construction loans for its new headquarters with a total balance of more than $1 million.
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CVS Caremark to stop selling tobacco products

February 5, 2014
Associated Press
The nation's second-largest drugstore chain said Wednesday that it will phase out cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco by Oct. 1, a move that will cost it about $2 billion in annual revenue.
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City committee again delays vote on MSA tower’s financing

February 4, 2014
Scott Olson
Members of the Metropolitan and Economic Development Committee said they needed more information on Flaherty & Collins' proposed $81 million high-rise project on the former Market Square Arena site.
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Developer plans Lockerbie residential project

February 4, 2014
Scott Olson
Chase Development plans to build six, four-story townhomes along with six more traditional houses on a 1.25-acre parcel between Michigan and North streets.
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Ossip to move HQ, open flagship store in Fishers

February 4, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Ossip Optometry plans to open a flagship store in a funky building off 96th Street in Fishers, just around the corner from where it's putting its new headquarters.
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Bill to free $400M for highways passed by House

February 3, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
House Bill 1002 transfers the balance of the Major Moves 2020 Trust Fund to the state highway fund before July 1, 2015. The legislation received support from both parties and passed 91-2.
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Deadline nears for saving Anderson's Wigwam gym

February 3, 2014
Associated Press
School officials say a plan is needed to pay ongoing costs at Anderson's iconic Wigwam gymnasium while a group trying to save the building faces a deadline to hold off its demolition.
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Airport site identified as 'preferred' for criminal-justice complex

February 3, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
An airport location and the former GM metal-stamping property near downtown are the top two sites listed for a Marion County jails-courts complex in a market survey of 14 potential sites conducted for the city by real estate services firm CBRE.
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Indiana plans $75M push to demolish abandoned homes

February 3, 2014
Associated Press
Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann announced the initiative Monday at the Statehouse. She said knocking down blighted and abandoned homes will help maintain property values and cut down on crime.
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Longtime Simon Property CFO stepping down

February 3, 2014
Stephen Sterrett joined the predecessor to Simon Property Group Inc. in 1989, before the retailing giant went public in 1993 and eventually became the world's largest mall developer.
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Simon purchases Long Island land from rival Taubman

February 2, 2014
Bloomberg News
Simon also purchased the company’s 50-percent stake in Arizona Mills Taubman received $230 million in Simon Property shares and $60 million in cash for the two transactions.
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Developer planning Sophia Square sequel near Meridian Street

February 1, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The developer behind the $60 million Sophia Square building in Carmel’s Arts & Design District is proposing a similar project about a mile west.
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Leadership change afoot at Summit RealtyRestricted Content

February 1, 2014

Bill Ehret, one of the firm's co-founders,  relinquished his title as co-managing partner to Brian Zurawski, who joins Matt Langfeldt in leading the firm.

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Champps restaurants likely to survive parent's bankruptcy

January 31, 2014
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The bankruptcy of a Kansas restaurant company has cast uncertainty over the future of its five Indianapolis-area restaurants—three Chammps Americanas and two Fox and Hounds.
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Simon posts strong quarter as mall occupancy strengthens

January 31, 2014
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Occupancy in Simon's malls climbed to 96.1 percent in the fourth quarter, up from 95.3 percent in the year-ago period as total sales per square foot increased to $582 from $568.
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Weak sales lead HHGregg to post smaller profit

January 30, 2014
Scott Olson
Shares of the Indianapolis-based retailer had fallen 18 percent by early afternoon Thursday, after the firm reported slumping sales and profit in its latest quarter.
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Speedway stores cited for beer sales on Christmas

January 30, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Indiana State Excise Police have cited 109 Speedway convenience stores in Indiana, accusing them of illegally selling beer on Christmas.
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Preservation tax credit gets makeover in House bill

January 29, 2014
Erika Brock, The Statehouse File
The Indiana House is set to consider legislation that would shift the state’s historical preservation tax cut program into one that relies on grants instead.
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Developer pitching $17.5M project in downtown Fishers

January 28, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Fishers’ Town Council is expected to vote Monday on a proposal that calls for the town to contribute property for the office-retail project and $6 million for its 330-space parking garage.
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New owner for 14 West building targeting another restaurant

January 28, 2014
Scott Olson
A recently retired CEO bought the historic building at 14 W. Maryland St. After renovations, he hopes to attract a national chain to the space.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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