Real Estate

REITs get boost, not scorn, for selling cheap sharesRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
Greg Andrews
Here's more evidence we're in strange times: Indianapolis' real estate investment trusts have been issuing hundreds of millions of dollars of stock at woefully low prices—and getting a pat on the back from their shareholders for doing so.
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Longtime Fall Creek shop cuts baitRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
Fall Creek Bait & Tackle is closing after 42 years in business.
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Lauth needs financing, real-estate recovery to emerge from bankruptcyRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
Cory Schouten
The 32-year-old developer Lauth Group Inc. likely will survive in some form if the company can find financing to get it through a Chapter 11 reorganization and if the real estate market doesn't take too long to turn around, experts said.
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'Epic' investment losses hit hospitalsRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
J.K. Wall
Financial reports trickling in from Indianapolis' major hospitals show why the city's health care building boom ground to a near halt this year. It ran into a wall of investment losses.
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Ritter's buyer retools custard chainRestricted Content

May 4, 2009
Sam Stall
Indianapolis residents have been passionate about Ritter's handmade frozen custard ever since it debuted almost two decades ago. But while the ice cream is sweet, the story of the former mom-and-pop company's attempts to morph into something grander is decidedly bitter. Now, New York-based TruFoods, which bought the company in May 2008, is trying to get the formula right.
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Steak n Shake hoping to roll out lower-cost, limited-service storesRestricted Content

May 4, 2009
Cory Schouten
TV spots for Steak n Shake Co. used to play up the chain's full-service restaurants, complete with friendly servers, real plates and glass ketchup bottles—a departure from the "workaraunts" operated by McDonald's and Burger King. Now, Steak n Shake is developing plans for its own workaraunts.
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Grad students dream up plans for mass transitRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Architecture and urban design students from Ball State have created a vision for urban renewal that is arguably more compelling than the Central Indiana Regional Transit Authority's principal, utilitarian goal of reducing northeast-side highway congestion and air pollution by running a diesel commuter train atop the old Nickel Plate Railroad corridor.
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Westfield mayor hopes $60M stadium project will transform cityRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Cory Schouten
Westfield Mayor Andy Cook is proposing a $60 million youth sports complex with a 4,000-seat multipurpose outdoor stadium, indoor sports facilities and sports fields with the goal of establishing the Hamilton County community as the "Family Sports Capital of America."
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Simon family's interests helped city thrive, but taxpayers paid the price

April 20, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Simon family's role in building the city has come at a steep price for taxpayers. Simon and its business interests in the last 20 years have collected local government incentives worth more than $400 million, an IBJ tally of those deals shows.
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Aging building gets spruced upRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Another rundown building near the northwest corner of Washington and Pennsylvania streets is getting some attention after years of neglect.
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Lauth, a once-booming developer, has sliced 90 percent of work force, lost control of some propertiesRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Cory Schouten
Struggling developer Lauth Group Inc. has cut about 90 percent of its staff and lost control of part of its portfolio to a major equity partner-developments that raise doubts about whether the locally based company can survive the recession.
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Noblesville offered generous incentives to Simon for mallRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Cory Schouten
The old adage that retail follows rooftops is only partially true; retail also follows taxpayer-funded incentives.
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Emmis creates option to sell, lease back HQRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Greg Andrews

Would embattled Emmis Communications Corp. sell its Monument Circle headquarters, a prized development that opened a decade ago at what then-Mayor Steve Goldsmith called "the most important site in the city and the very center of Indiana?"

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Simon layoffs would jeopardize HQ incentive dealRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Cory Schouten
During one of the worst markets for real estate in decades, at a time when developers of all sizes are shedding employees, officials with Simon Property Group Inc. continue to insist they have had zero layoffs.
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Recession slices into golf business; courses roll out promotionsRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Indiana golf course operators are nervous about how the recession might lead to fewer golfers and lost revenue.
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Founders sell Greenwood firmRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
The three founders of Greenwood-based Leading Edge Commercial Real Estate Services have sold the firm's commercial real estate division to one of their associates, Gretchen Radke.
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Foreclosure investors shift to buy-and-hold strategyRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Sam Stall
Instead of buying and selling, investors with ready cash are buying houses at substantial markdowns, turning them into rental properties and sitting tight until the market improves.
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Most office-space renters opt to stay where they areRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Sam Stall
Tight budgets, unsure future make moving unattractive to office-space renters.
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Few private firms survive to third generationRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Gene B. Glick Co. has managed to accomplish what few privately held family enterprises can—keeping the company alive for a third generation.
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A new generation takes over Glick apartment empire

March 30, 2009
Cory Schouten
A new generation of company leadership is revving the Gene B. Glick Co. and building and buying apartment complexes again.
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Historic downtown building may be rescued.Restricted Content

March 23, 2009
Cory Schouten
Local developer Halakar Properties Inc. is seeking tax abatement to save an endangered property.
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Group wants to redevelop buildings, land near CircleRestricted Content

March 23, 2009
Cory Schouten
Uptown Realty Investors, owners of two vacant buildings and a fenced lot along Washington Street downtown, aren't giving up on redevelopment even after their plans for a $40 million mixed-use structure fell apart.
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Developer could turn Maxwell to apartmentsRestricted Content

March 23, 2009
Sluggish condo sales have led developer Kosene & Kosene Residential to consider turning its latest downtown project, The Maxwell, into apartments.
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Duke upends growth plan, focuses on paying debtRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
Greg Andrews
In this horrendous environment, nothing is more important for a debt-laden public company than proving it can pay its bills
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U.S. 31 project means massive changes for booming retail corridorRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Lauth Properties alleges in a lawsuit that the state's plan to rebuild 13 miles of U.S. 31 in Hamilton County to freeway standards will cut off access to a property it owns in Westfield, killing plans for a Wal-Mart there.
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