Real Estate & Retail

Police raid El Rodeo restaurants in several counties

November 19, 2013
Jeff Newman
The Marion County Prosecutor’s office led a multicounty police raid at lunchtime Monday that closed numerous eateries in the El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant chain.
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New Eskenazi hospital offers heavy dose of artwork

November 19, 2013
Scott Olson
At 1.3 million square feet, the new hospital has plenty of room to display art, most of which was purchased with contributions from donors. The hospital is set to open Dec. 7.
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Preservationists seek expanded tax credit program

November 18, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Advocates of historic preservation made a pitch Monday for an expanded tax credit program to help developers invest in older buildings – particularly in small downtowns.
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Future murky for Carmel's 2-story development rule

November 16, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
City leaders are embroiled in a debate over the future of Range Line Road, through the heart of Carmel's redeveloped downtown. Special density zoning rules are intended to create a consistent look and keep residents from bearing the brunt of the city’s significant infrastructure investment. The question is whether it’s working.
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Buyer of Illinois Building envisions conversion into upscale hotelRestricted Content

November 16, 2013
Scott Olson
A high-profile local developer has bought the Illinois Building and is considering offers to convert the downtown landmark into a boutique hotel that could be the city’s first five-star lodge.
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Study: Downtown can sustain huge apartment boom

November 15, 2013
Scott Olson
About 3,500 rental units are expected to be built downtown by 2017, adding to 4,700 already on the market. But the analysis says there's no need to worry about overbuilding.
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Tipton County won't stop work at Chrysler plant over permits

November 15, 2013
Associated Press
Three residents have appealed the Tipton County planning director's decision to extend without public notice the building permit originally given to Getrag, which stopped construction at the factory in 2008.
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Stonegate Mortgage profit slows in third quarter

November 14, 2013
In its first quarter as a public company, the Indianapolis-based residential mortgage firm reported a big year-over-year dip as rising interest rates made the market more volatile.
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Kite Realty raises $217.3M in secondary share offering

November 14, 2013
The local rest estate investment firm says it will use some of the proceeds to repay debt and the rest to fund part of its recent $307 million purchase of nine Southern retail properties.
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Indianapolis-area home sales take nosedive

November 14, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Although area sales are up 16 percent through the first 10 months of the year, the trend has slammed into reverse in recent months amid higher mortgage rates and tighter inventories.
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Funding for Mounds Reservoir study moves ahead

November 14, 2013
Associated Press
The state will provide a $600,000 grant for the next phase in a proposed project to build a $400 million reservoir in central Indiana.
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Former Mayor Peterson joins Kite Realty board

November 12, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The former two-time mayor is better known for politics and public policy, but he spent many of his early years working in his family’s commercial real estate company.
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Uptown Business Center headed to sheriff's sale

November 12, 2013
Scott Olson
The building in SoBro is at the center of a lengthy court feud in which the owner had attempted to delay foreclosure by filing to reorganize assets—a strategy that a bankruptcy judge rejected last month.
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Homebuilders end 15-month streak of permit increases

November 11, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The central Indiana home construction industry reversed course in October, with a rare year-over-year decrease in the number of single-family building permits filed. The drop follows a recent downward trend.
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New roof to help stabilize historic Indy theater

November 11, 2013
Associated Press
The building, at 3155 E. 10th Street, has been vacant since 1992 and is in an advanced state of disrepair. But a new roof will stabilize it, staving off further deterioration, backers hope.
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Proposed GM plan reserves space for soccer stadiumRestricted Content

November 9, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
One of the players vying to redevelop the former General Motors metal-stamping plant has set aside room in his plans for a roughly 10,000-seat stadium where his own North American Soccer League franchise could play.
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Chocolate artisan sets sights on CarmelRestricted Content

November 9, 2013
Shelbyville-based Chocolate for the Spirit is opening a retail storefront in Carmel in time for the holiday shopping season.
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Former Marsh exec joins local Colliers officeRestricted Content

November 9, 2013
Former Marsh Supermarkets Inc. executive Bill Marsh has joined the Indianapolis office of Colliers International as vice president of retail services.
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Noble Roman's sees rising profit, revenue

November 7, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The company said it has entered into agreements to open 45 stand-alone take-n-bake pizza locations.
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U.S. economic growth perks up in third quarter

November 7, 2013
Associated Press
The U.S. economy expanded at a 2.8-percent annual rate from July through September, a surprising acceleration ahead of the 16-day partial government shutdown.
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Kite Realty to pay $307M for 9 retail properties

November 6, 2013
The Indianapolis-based real estate firm said the properties total 2 million square feet and are mostly located in Florida, Georgia and Texas. The acquisition would bump the size and value of Kite's portfolio by about 20 percent.
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Former Simon exec pleads guilty to fraud in kickback scheme

November 5, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Carmel resident Mark Palombaro, 55, likely faces prison time after admitting to his role in a scheme that prosecutors say netted him $766,000.
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Local developer plans six-story office building in Castleton

November 5, 2013
Scott Olson
Edgeworth Laskey Properties LLC, which has developed three buildings within Allison Pointe Park, bought the 10.5-acre parcel along Interstate 465 from a suburban Chicago company.
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Summit partners seek tax break for $14M distribution facility

November 4, 2013
They plan to spend $14 million to build the 542,000-square-foot warehouse on 33 acres on the city's west side. One condition of the tax abatement is finding a user that would create at least 50 jobs by 2018.
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Judge sentences attorney Page to probation, fine

November 4, 2013
Cory Schouten
Attorney and real estate developer Paul J. Page will serve two years of probation and pay a $10,000 fine for concealing the source of a $362,000 down payment on his purchase of a state-leased office building in Elkhart.
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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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