Real Estate & Retail

Roberts leaving downtown location as part of $2.5M expansion

June 11, 2014
Scott Olson
The retailer of photo, video and electronics equipment will move from 255 S. Meridian St. to larger downtown space at 220 E. St. Clair St. Roberts plans to add 35 workers by 2018.
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YMCA set to break ground on $22M CityWay project

June 10, 2014
Scott Olson
The not-for-profit is expected to begin construction on the three-story, 87,000-square-foot downtown facility July 16, with a completion date of December 2015.
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Tiny Sheridan girds for inevitable growth

June 7, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The tiny Hamilton County community is mindful of sprawl in Carmel and Fishers, and is determined to absorb growth on its own terms.
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Fishers OKs tax break for medical building

June 7, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Cornerstone Cos. plans to locate the $11 million project near Interstate 69.
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Lender to bankrupt country club puts on suitor’s cap

June 7, 2014
Greg Andrews
The lender for the Hawthorns Golf & Country Club is an affiliate of California-based Concert Golf Partners, which hopes to convert its debt into ownership of the Fishers club.
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Housing developer hopes farm hooks new residents

June 7, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A growing number of housing developers thinks farms, rather than golf clubs, are the perfect hook to lure residents. The first to experiment with the concept in central Indiana is Mike Higbee of Central Greens LLC, with his Seven Steeples Farm on the site of the old Central State Hospital.
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Former restaurateur Peter George partnering on small new eatery

June 7, 2014
Scott Olson
George, 60, is targeting an August opening for Tinker Street, a chef-driven and plant-based concept he’s launching with business partner Thomas Main, 56, who also has a restaurant background.
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Peapod sees Indianapolis as big growth market

June 4, 2014
Jeff Newman
Peapod Inc. has discovered fertile ground in Indianapolis despite a crowded field of grocery competitors, said Scott DeGraeve, senior vice president at the country's oldest and biggest online grocery-delivery service.
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Herman & Kittle plans $28M downtown apartment project

June 3, 2014
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis developer plans to build 211 units at the southeast corner of College and Maryland Street. Meanwhile, the owner of a building across the street that last housed a sporting goods store is accepting bids on the property.
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Council votes to support $30M Broad Ripple project

June 2, 2014
Developer Browning Investments Inc. plans to use $5.7 million from the bond issue to help finance the apartment/retail project along the Central Canal.
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Council to consider citywide landlord registry

June 2, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis landlords would have to register with the city by Jan. 1 or face a $500 fine under a proposal that will be introduced to the City-County Council on Monday night.
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Ownership move delayed for Anderson's Wigwam gym

June 2, 2014
Associated Press
Leaders of the private Wigwam Sports & Entertainment group are scheduled to present their proposal for reusing the 9,000-seat gym to the city Redevelopment Commission on Tuesday.
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Anderson's Paramount Theatre seeks donations

June 1, 2014
Associated Press
The landmark Paramount was saved from demolition 25 years ago, but the man who saved it left $800,000 in mortgage debt when he died last month.
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Pedcor angling for $16M subsidy for City Center expansion

May 31, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Preliminary plans call for starting work on a parking garage and as many as three mixed-use buildings this fall, with another half-dozen projects in the pipeline.
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HHGregg’s board is bullish, but analysts remain skittish

May 31, 2014
Greg Andrews
The company scarfed up $49 million of its stock under a buyback program that ran from May 2013 to May 2014. And last month, the company launched a new buyback program, this one for $40 million.
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Indy's musical roots remain alive at Jazz Kitchen

May 30, 2014
Associated Press
For the past 20 years, the Jazz Kitchen has offered live jazz seven nights a week, serving as an incubator for local acts and touring musicians alike.
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Shares of Simon spinoff dip in early trading

May 29, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Simon Property Group has revised its earnings forecast with the Thursday launch of spinoff firm Washington Prime Group.
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Washington Prime shares set stage for NYSE debut

May 28, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Shares of the fledgling, Indy-based firm hovered just under $21 in advance trading on Wednesday morning, providing a window to its official open Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange.
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Shares of Simon Property spinoff to begin trading

May 27, 2014
Washington Prime Group Inc., listed under the "WPG" ticker symbol, will begin trading Thursday. The new real estate investment trust will own 98 retail properties, including 13 in Indiana.
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Indiana cities getting money to fight urban blight

May 27, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Indianapolis, Lawrence, Gary and two other Indiana cities have received a total of about $15 million to help eliminate blighted and abandoned homes.
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Cornerstone sinks $4M into Carmel medical office building

May 27, 2014
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based developer bought the building on Old Meridian Street early this year from The Spine Institute—its only tenant at the time—and now has the facility fully leased.
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Alexander hotel achieves LEED statusRestricted Content

May 24, 2014
The Alexander Hotel at CityWay in downtown Indianapolis has achieved LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
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HDG Mansur affiliates file Chapter 11 to halt $5.8M judgment

May 23, 2014
 Bloomberg News and IBJ Staff
The judgment in a New York court stems from allegations by a Sharia fund that the affiliates stole funds. HDG argued that it charged the additional fees to rectify a billing error.
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Judge dismisses wrongful death suit against Kroger

May 23, 2014
Scott Olson
The mother of an Indianapolis man shot at a Kroger by a store manager in what police said was an attempted robbery filed the suit in 2012.
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Retailers see stagnating sales of consumer electronics

May 22, 2014
Associated Press
Already squeezed by tough competition from online retailers like Amazon.com and discount stores like Wal-Mart and Target, retailers like Best Buy and Sears have been cutting costs and revamping merchandise and store formats to attract customers.
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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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