Real Estate

City-County Council OKs hotel tax hike

August 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The City-County Council voted 15-14 last night to approve raising the local hotel tax from 9 percent to 10 percent in a move intended to help the cash-strapped Indianapolis Capital Improvement Board close a $47 million operating deficit.
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UPDATE: Simon rents, occupancy buck shopping decline

August 4, 2009
Cory Schouten
Sales still are suffering at shopping centers owned by Simon Property Group Inc., but the Indianapolis-based mall giant managed in the second quarter to keep occupancy steady and eke out an increase in average rent rates.
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Simon reports loss amid tough retail conditions

August 4, 2009
Cory Schouten
Indianapolis shopping mall giant Simon Property Group Inc. today said it lost $20.8 million in the second quarter in what it called a "difficult retail environment."
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Plans emerge for Winona Hospital redevelopmentRestricted Content

August 3, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis wants the city to tear down the old Winona Memorial Hospital so it can build a community park and outdoor learning center. A private firm that specializes in environmentally impaired properties wants to turn the building into senior apartments.
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Local contractor lands project for the president

August 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based architectural and engineering firm RW Armstrong will provide design and project management services for the Presidential Helicopter Squadron, a 65,000-square-foot hangar complex being built at a Marine Corps base in Quantico, Va.
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Downturn provides opportunity for restaurants hungry for expansionRestricted Content

August 3, 2009
Cory Schouten
The economic slump is giving independent local restaurants a shot at prime locations that in good times would be snapped up by chains.
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Duke Realty suffers second-quarter loss

July 31, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Duke Realty Corp. late yesterday posted a 32-percent drop in its second-quarter funds from operations, a key performance measure for real estate investment trusts.
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Ambrosia to open downtown restaurant in former BadaBoomz siteRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The owner of the popular Broad Ripple Italian restaurant Ambrosia plans to open a location downtown on the first floor of the Hampton Inn along Maryland Street.
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Indianapolis hotels feel pain of national slumpRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Hotel occupancy rates are way down in Indianapolis, as they are elsewhere, but local operators and national analysts think the city is in a good position to bounce back when the economy improves.
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Redevelopment eyed for former jail buildingRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Cory Schouten
Prospective buyers need a little vision to see the potential in the four-story former jail at the southwest corner of Maryland and Delaware streets.
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Westfield moves ahead with sports facility plan

July 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff
A study commission has concluded that a major development involving a new youth-sports complex would be viable for Westfield, the city announced this morning.
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Lauth's lawyers raking in big fees in bankruptcy reorganizationRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Cory Schouten
Developer Lauth Group Inc. is sparing no expense on attorneys in the Chapter 11 reorganization of key subsidiaries. The company has hired two of the nation’s most prominent bankruptcy and restructuring specialists to handle the cases, and the bill for the first month easily will exceed $1 million.
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Conrad Indianapolis adding wine bar, sidewalk diningRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
Cory Schouten
Plans are in the works for a wine bar called Tastings that would take the first-floor corner space at the Conrad Indianapolis. The $1 million project would add an entrance to the luxury hotel at the northeast corner of Washington and Illinois streets and include a total of 80 outdoor seats along both streets, in the shadow of the Artsgarden.
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Kite Realty misses out on REIT revivalRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
Cory Schouten
Kite Realty Group Trust has stuck pretty closely to the REIT recession playbook: Renegotiate debt, sell new shares, cut dividends, and set the development engine to idle. But as the shares of most publicly traded real estate investment trusts have bounced back from the lows in March, Kite’s shares have lagged.
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Greater Indianapolis YMCA has $30M in projects plannedRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
It takes a map of the entire metro area to show all the projects the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis has on its drawing board. The $30 million plan calls for building two brand-new facilities, one in Avon and one in Pike Township; expanding the Fishers YMCA; and building a new outdoor pool in Lawrence.
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Metro-area home sales dip in June

July 9, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Home-sale agreements in the nine-county Indianapolis area dipped 1.4 percent in June compared to the same month a year ago, according to a report released today by F.C. Tucker Co.
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Steak n Shake sales, traffic rise

July 8, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Steak n Shake Co. yesterday reported big increases in customer traffic and same-store sales for its fiscal third quarter, which ended July 1. Customer traffic rose 13.4 percent and same-store sales jumped 5 percent in the quarter compared to the same period a year ago, it said in a brief Securities and Exchange filing.
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HHGregg accelerates store-opening plans

July 8, 2009
Scott Olson
HHGregg Inc. said this morning that the bankruptcy of competitor Circuit City should enable the company to open more stores within the next few years than previously expected.
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Keystone Construction plans Madison Avenue retail center

July 7, 2009
Cory Schouten
A local developer is planning a retail strip center along Madison Avenue just south of downtown in a neighborhood that's been begging for investment for years. The plans by Keystone Construction Corp. call for a 25,000-square-foot retail center at 1400 Madison Ave., across from Sisters' Place Restaurant.
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David Simon named among world's best CEOsRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The big cheese at Simon Property Group is wedged among the "top gun" executives in the U.S.
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$65M development deal would cost Capital Improvement BoardRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Capital Improvement Board could be forced to give up one of its most profitable assets so the city can pull off a $65-million public-private downtown development deal. The city has agreed to help a developer revitalize the vacant former Bank One operations center in part by acquiring an adjacent parking garage for $18.5 million.
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Judge to determine whether Lauth's filing was properRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
Cory Schouten
The largest outside investor in embattled developer Lauth Group Inc. is asking a federal judge to dismiss the company's bankruptcy cases.
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EDITORIAL: Project near MSA may be worth the riskRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
The city has unveiled a dramatic plan for new housing and retail development to revitalize the old Market Square Arena site. Despite some shortcomings, the project deserves a chance to give the stagnant area a boost.
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$65M downtown development deal raises questionsRestricted Content

June 15, 2009
Cory Schouten
A $65 million public-private plan for the redevelopment of a vacant downtown office building is raising eyebrows for its unusual approach and potential risk to taxpayers. The plan calls for a private developer to acquire the former Bank One operations center, surface parking lots and an adjacent parking garage from a private owner for $18.5 million, then sell the 1,680-space garage to the city for $18.5 million.
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Browning acquires 43 homes for $100 million mixed-used development in CarmelRestricted Content

June 15, 2009
Cory Schouten
Developer Brown Investments has reached terms with the owners of 43 of 49 homes in the North Meridian Heights neighborhood in Carmel. Browning plans to demolish the homes to make way for a $100 million commercial development over 17 acres.
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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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