Real estate deals

Simon buying Prime Outlets in $2.3B deal

December 8, 2009
Cory Schouten
Simon Property Group Inc. is doubling down on outlet malls with an agreement to buy Baltimore-based Prime Outlets, a privately held firm that owns 22 of the giant properties.
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City mulls 6 proposals for use of Old City Hall

December 5, 2009
Peter Schnitzler

Visions for the empty historic building range from offices to a museum. Two developers propose a boutique hotel on an adjacent parking lot. Video bonus: Tour the landmark's interior.

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Simon buying General Growth debt for possible takeover

December 4, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Indianapolis-based shopping mall owner is facing competition for General Growth from Toronto-based Brookfield Asset Management Inc., which also has been buying up General Growth's debt.
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General Growth's refinancing plan could thwart Simon

December 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
General Growth Properties Inc., the nation's second-largest shopping mall operator, said lenders have agreed to restructure about $9.7 billion in debt. The agreements could put a damper on the acquisition aspirations of rival Simon Property Group Inc.
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Report: Simon considers sale of European properties

November 30, 2009
Cory Schouten
Simon Property Group Inc. may sell several of its properties in Europe to help raise funds for a possible bid for bankrupt rival General Growth Properties.
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Research lab could replace ATA headquarters

November 24, 2009
Cory Schouten
Paul Kite Co. has applied for a rezoning of the 16.5-acre site to allow for non-airport uses.
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Remnants of failed Premier Properties finally hit market

November 21, 2009
Cory Schouten
CB Richard Ellis recently began marketing the most prominent of Premier Properties’ local properties, Metropolis. The Venu site at the southwest corner of East 86th Street and Keystone Avenue also is up for grabs.
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Simon exploring bid to purchase rival General Growth

November 18, 2009
General Growth is the second-largest U.S. mall owner, trailing only Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group, with more than 200 regional malls in 44 states.
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Teachers' pension fund poised to buy downtown building from DukeRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Indiana State Teachers’ Retirement Fund is negotiating to buy a 12-story office building across from the Statehouse in what could be the year’s largest downtown office transaction.
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Duke Realty land auction nets $1M; pricier properties go unsold

November 11, 2009
Cory Schouten
Locally based Duke Realty Corp. netted more than $1 million during a Tuesday auction of surplus development parcels in Indianapolis, Fishers, Plainfield and Lebanon.
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Van Rooy scoops up troubled complex

November 10, 2009
Tom Harton
Van Rooy Properties plans to spend $5.5 million renovating a 277-unit west side apartment complex that it acquired a month ago in an unusual deal.
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Opportunists hunt deals in commercial real estate

October 24, 2009
Cory Schouten
Just about every player in the real estate business—whether individual investor, private-equity fund or publicly traded company—is trying to raise capital to take advantage of what they see as an inevitable shakeout in commercial property.
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Water bottler buys Plainfield distribution building

October 21, 2009
Cory Schouten
A California water bottler has purchased a Plainfield distribution building for its first Midwestern outpost.
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Second developer facing foreclosure on Fishers property

October 20, 2009
Scott Olson
The developer of the proposed $80 million project is facing foreclosure on the property at the same time adjoining land critical to the project's development has been scheduled for liquidation by a lender.
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Hat World acquires Minnesota sporting goods dealer

September 28, 2009
Indianapolis-based Hat World Inc. said Monday that its Impact Sports division has acquired Great Plains Sports in St. Paul, Minn.
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Anderson siblings buying city's Mounds Mall

September 15, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Two Anderson siblings are buying the city's Mounds Mall from the Florida-based company that has owned it for the past six years.
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IT consultant Apparatus buying WFYI building

August 20, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Locally based information technology consultant Apparatus has agreed to buy the former WFYI building at 1401 N. Meridian St. for a new headquarters.
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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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Cultural Trail spurs development plan along Virginia AvenueRestricted Content

June 8, 2009
Cory Schouten
A local architecture firm hopes to challenge hip Mass Ave with an arts-themed development in Fletcher Place. The $9 million project would include apartments, retail and office space.
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M&I Plaza, only 30-percent occupied, may sell at cut-rate priceRestricted Content

September 22, 2008
Cory Schouten

A local real estate developer has emerged as a top contender to buy the 28-story M&I Plaza--potentially at half the $50 million price the building fetched a decade ago. Paul Kite Co. confirmed it is in talks with Maryland-based CapitalSource Inc., which took over the struggling office tower in June after foreclosing on a $5 million mezzanine loan.


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Marsh sues Roche over sublease dealRestricted Content

July 28, 2008
Cory Schouten

Two giants of local business are preparing to slug it out in court over a soured sublease deal. Marsh Supermarkets filed suit in Hamilton County this month to enforce a deal with Swiss pharmaceutical and medical-equipment powerhouse Roche to sublease the grocer's entire 148,000-square-foot headquarters in Fishers. The deal, worth more than $47 million over 18 years, is one of the largest of its kind in central Indiana in years.


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Ralston Square development lures bar, hotel, bowling alleyRestricted Content

July 7, 2008
Cory Schouten
A trendy bar and an upscale hotel have agreed to anchor the 11-story Ralston Square project slated for South Street between Meridian and Pennsylvania streets. The developers of the $60 million mixed-use project are moving forward after landing the tenants necessary to secure a loan commitment, said Brian Epstein, president of locally based Urban Space Commercial Properties and a partner on the project.
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