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Rates

July 1, 2014
The average rate for 30-year mortgages fell from 4.33 percent to 4.28 percent in the week ended June 26, according to Bankrate.com. The rate for 15-year mortgages fell from 3.44 percent to 3.39 percent.
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Construction

July 1, 2014
-Holladay Construction Group LLC has completed a 700-square-foot build-out for Teachers Credit Union in the new Meijer store at 400 N. Dan Jones Road, Plainfield.  

-Holladay Construction Group LLC partnered with Otis Elevator to modernize the elevator system at the Indianapolis Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge No. 86, 1525 S. Shelby St.

-Holladay Construction Group LLC is partnering with Holladay Properties to build a $20 million, 370,000-square-foot indoor soccer facility at Grand Park in Westfield. Construction will start within 60 days.
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Company news

June 30, 2014

Hendricks Regional Health is extending its reach farther west via a collaboration with Putnam County Hospital in Greencastle. On July 10, the two hospitals will open a new obstetrics clinic, called Partners in Care, to provide prenatal care for low-income pregnant women. The clinic will be staffed by a Hendricks Regional Health nurse midwife, and two physicians from the Hendricks Regional Health Medical Group. Patients of Partners in Care will receive prenatal services at Putnam County Hospital, while deliveries will take place at Hendricks Regional Health in Danville. The idea of starting a clinic was boosted by a needs assessment conducted by DePauw University in Greencastle, which confirmed a shortage of prenatal care in Putnam County.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that closely held corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of Obamacare’s requirement that they cover contraceptives for women at no charge. According to the Associated Press, the justices' 5-4 decision is the first time the high court has ruled that profit-seeking businesses can hold religious views under federal law. And it means the Obama administration must search for a different way of providing free contraception to women who are covered under objecting companies' health insurance plans. Contraception is among a range of preventive services that must be provided at no extra charge under the health care law that President Barack Obama signed in 2010 and the Supreme Court upheld two years later. Justice Samuel Alito wrote the majority opinion, which stressed that the ruling applies only to corporations that are under the control of just a few people in which there is no essential difference between the business and its owners.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence hired Carmel psychiatrist Dr. John Wernert to take over the state's Family and Social Services Administration and tapped former FSSA Secretary Michael Gargano to oversee Pence’s Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0. Wernert is the medical director of medical management at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis and was the medical director for behavioral health integration for the Franciscan Alliance health system. He'll replace outgoing Secretary Debra Minott, who unexpectedly announced her resignation in June; neither Pence nor Minott have explained her sudden departure. Gargano, who led the agency until Pence took office last January, is returning in the new role overseeing Pence's insurance expansion plan. The Pence administration is in the middle of pitching the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Indiana's proposal to use the state-run Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 to expand Medicaid. If the application is approved, residents earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level would be allowed to enroll in a hybrid-health savings account plan. The state estimates that more than 457,000 low-income residents could enroll in the program by 2020.

Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. received European backing for a biosimilar version of Lantus insulin, a mega-blockbuster made by France-based Sanofi that has never faced generic competition. According to Bloomberg News, Lilly’s Abasria insulin was recommended by the European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use for the treatment of diabetes. The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, usually follows the panel’s recommendation. Lantus, which garnered $7.8 billion in sales for Paris-based Sanofi in 2013, loses patent protection in Europe in May next year. The U.S. patent on Lantus expires in February, but generic competition there may be delayed after Sanofi in January said it was suing Indianapolis-based Lilly over its plans to introduce a version in the U.S. Sales of the drug in Europe were less than 15 percent of the total in 2013, because the price of the drug is far lower than in the United States, which accounted for almost two-thirds of total Lantus sales, said Mark Clark, an analyst at Deutsche Bank AG in London. That may limit the erosion of Lantus sales in Europe, he said. Lilly is also trying to introduce a brand-name drug that would compete with Lantus. Last month, it released study results suggesting its once-a-day insulin injection, Peglispro, was better than Lantus in controlling patients’ blood sugar. Lilly has said it will file for U.S. approval to sell that drug in the first quarter of next year.

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People

June 30, 2014

Dr. Peter Nalin has been named executive associate dean for educational affairs at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Nalin succeeds Dr. Maryellen Gusic, who will be moving to a senior leadership position at the American Association of Medical Colleges. Nalin joined the faculty of the IU School of Medicine in 2001 as residency director of the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency. Nalin is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Vermont College of Medicine.

Community Howard Regional Health appointed Ron Lewis as interim CEO. Lewis joined Community Health Network in 2013 as vice president of its neuroscience product line. He previously served as administrative director at Indiana University Health Saxony Hospital. He holds master’s degrees in business administration and clinical social work from Indiana Wesleyan University and Western Michigan University, respectively.

Methodist Sports Medicine hired Dr. Kevin Condict, a surgeon who specializes in total joint replacement of the shoulder, hip and knee, along with arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder and knee. Condict graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine.

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Correction

June 24, 2014
Andrew Clifford's name was incorrect in the June 10 Real Estate Weekly. Clifford is with 7D Commercial Real Estate and represented 3 Sisters Cafe in a recent lease transaction.
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Construction

June 23, 2014

-Capitol Construction has completed a 10,400-square-foot office build-out for Fink, Petrie & Roberts at 9449 Priority Way West Drive.

-Capitol Construction has completed a 3,000-square-foot office build-out for Humana at 7035 E. 96th St.

-Capitol Construction has completed the remodel of an 1,800-square-foot Starbucks at 5943 S. East St. 

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People

June 23, 2014

Adam G. Chavers is to join Browning Investments Inc. as senior vice president of development effective July 7.

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Rates

June 23, 2014
The average rate for 30-year mortgages dipped from 4.34 percent to 4.33 percent in the week ended June 19, according to Bankrate.com. The rate for 15-year mortgages rose from 3.43 percent to 3.44 percent.
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Leases/leasing contracts

June 23, 2014

-National Oilwell Varco leased 31,790 square feet of industrial space at 9870 E. 30th St. The tenant was represented by Grant Lindley of Cassidy Turley. The landlord, James D. Crawford Trust, was represented by Luke Wessel of Cassidy Turley.

-Progressive Casualty Insurance Co. renewed its lease for 17,444 square feet of office space at 5975 Castle Creek Parkway. The tenant was represented by Tom Osborne and Kimberly Estes Hartman of Colliers International. The landlord, LS REF2 OREO/Castle Creek, was represented by Matt Langfeldt and Rich Forslund of Cushman & Wakefield/Summit.

-The Icing On The Cake Event Center LLC leased 4,084 square feet of retail space at Lafayette Center, 4261 Lafayette Road. The tenant was represented by Alex Sanders of Newmark Knight Frank Halakar.The landlord, Namdar Realty Group, was represented by Bill Marsh and Greg Smith of Colliers International.

-CTL Global Holdings LLC leased 2,125 square feet of industrial space at 6330 E. 75th St. The landlord, TIAA-CREF, was represented by Todd Vannatta and Bennett Williams of Cassidy Turley. The tenant represented itself.

-Sweet Express Yogurt Shop leased 1,967 square feet at North Willow Mall, 2278 W. 86th St. The landlord, Township 86 Development Co. LP, was represented by Keith Fried of Sitehawk Retail Real Estate. The tenant represented itself.

-A Nail Salon leased 1,800 square feet at Brownsburg Shopping Center, 816 E. Main St., Brownsburg. The landlord, TCP Brownsburg Center LLC, was represented by Keith Fried of Sitehawk Retail Real Estate. The tenant represented itself.

-Little Caesars leased 1,460 square feet at Sandstone Commons, 11640 Brooks School Road, Fishers.  The landlord, CPM III LP, was represented by Keith Fried of Sitehawk Retail Real Estate. The tenant represented itself.

-China Wok Restaurant leased 1,370 square feet at Saratoga Shops, 1070 W. Main St., Plainfield. The tenant was represented by Jerry Zheng of DOC Real Estate Inc. The landlord, Saratoga Associates LLC, was represented by Keith Fried of Sitehawk Retail Real Estate.

-9-Round Kickboxing leased 1,272 square feet at 116th Street Centre, 980 E. 116th St., Carmel. The Landlord, TCP Guilford LLC, was represented by Keith Fried of Sitehawk Retail Real Estate. The tenant represented itself.

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Sales/Acquisitions

June 23, 2014

-Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana bought 4.96 acres at 3730 Shady Lane, Plainfield. The buyer was represented by Bill French of Cassidy Turley. The seller, Galyan Enterprises Inc., was represented by Steve Daum of Cushman & Wakefield/Summit.

-The American Legion Department of Indiana bought a 6,208-square-foot office building at 5440 Herbert Lord Road. The buyer was represented by Jon Owens of Cassidy Turley. The seller, Indiana Soccer Association Inc., was represented by Kevin Gillihan of JLL.

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People

June 23, 2014

Herb Buchanan will join Indiana University Health as president of its Methodist and University hospitals on July 7. He will replace Jim Terwilliger, who was asked to leave that position in January. Since 2012, Buchanan has been CEO of Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C. Before that, he served as chief operating officer for the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. Buchanan earned his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, as well as graduate and undergraduate degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, respectively.

Pearl Pathways, an Indianapolis-based life sciences consulting firm, has hired Heidi Hancock Strunk as a regulatory compliance adviser. Strunk previously led the regulatory and quality team at Hologic Corp.'s Indiana facility, and before that held leadership positions at Roche Diagnostics Corp. and Suros Surgical Systems. Strunk holds a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University.

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Company news

June 23, 2014

More than 100 Indiana firms since January have told federal regulators they plan to offer up ownership stakes or take on debt. That’s approaching a year’s worth of activity in less than six months, based on the state’s performance the past few years. Firms selling equity or debt include numerous health care firms, such as RepuCare, HC1.com, Indigo BioSystems, SonarMed and Wellfount. Indigo CEO Randy Julian boiled his firm’s investment timing down to, “It was time to mash the pedal to the floor and go.” The 47-employee company, which develops software for medical laboratories, secured $8.5 million earlier this month. “I do think if you look around,” Julian said, “the other companies that have raised money have had some component of that story that’s the same.”

Carmel-based Mainstreet has built 14 short-term rehabilitation facilities—usually near hospitals—and has 17 more under construction or in planning stages. That rapid building helped drive the company from $11 million in revenue in 2011 to more than $66 million two years later, making it the fastest-growing private company in the Indianapolis area. “We’re in the right place at the right time. We’ve invested heavily into our systems and our designs and now are really bearing the fruits of a lot of years of labor,” said Mainstreet CEO Zeke Turner. Beginning in 2015, rather than only build facilities that others operate, Mainstreet will begin to operate some facilities that it builds. The first two Mainstreet-operated facilities are scheduled to open in Carmel and Bloomington.

Shares of central Indiana pharmaceutical firm Endocyte Inc. lost 15 percent of their value last week after industry giant Merck & Co. Inc. gave up on developing Endocyte cancer drug vintafolide. On Tuesday evening, West-Lafayette-based Endocyte said it had regained worldwide rights to vintafolide from Merck. The move essentially meant Endocyte lost Merck’s financial backing and sales muscle for the drug. The treatment failed a key study last month, leading to a 62-percent single-day drop in Endocyte's share price on May 2. Endocyte and Merck announced May 19 that they were terminating a clinical trial of the drug, after an analysis showed vintafolide didn’t demonstrate efficacy when treating patients with platinum-resistant ovarian cancer. Endocyte said it will continue to test vintafolide for lung cancer. Shares of Endocyte closed Friday at $6.55 apiece.

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Sales/acquisitions

June 17, 2014
-TWG Investors bought the original Lawrence High School, a 15,000-square-foot building on 2.4 acres at 8301 E. 46th St.  The seller, Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township, was represented by Tim Norton, Katie Sobotowski and Tony Hupp of Cushman & Wakefield/Summit. The buyer represented itself.

-Robert's Distributing bought a 35,000-square-foot industrial building at 220 E. St. Clair St. The buyer was represented by Bill French and Fritz Kauffman of Cassidy Turley. The seller, Office Furniture Mart, was represented by J.D. Graves of CBRE.

-Ray Penn LLC bought a 57,358-square-foot industrial building at 927 S. Pennsylvania St. The buyer was represented by Walter Freihofer of Freihofer Commercial Real Estate. The seller, 927 S. Penn LLC, was represented by Patrick Lindley of Cassidy Turley.
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Leases/leasing contracts

June 17, 2014
-TriMedX leased 26,029 square feet of office space at 5555-5587 W. 73rd St. The tenant was represented by Mike Semler of Cassidy Turley. The landlord, Duke Realty Corp., represented itself.

-HopCat-Broad Ripple leased 9,620 square feet of retail space in the Broad Ripple Parking Garage, 6280 N. College Ave. The tenant was represented by Ben Andrews of Sperry Van Ness. The landlord, 6280 LLC, was represented by Bart Jackson and Scot Courtney of Lee & Associates.

-Bspot leased 3,887 square feet at Ironworks at Keystone, 2727 E. 86th St. The tenant was represented by Brian Epstein of UrbanSpace. The landlord, Ironworks Indianapolis LLC, was represented by Mark Perlstein and Steve Delaney of Sitehawk Retail Real Estate.  

-GPE leased 3,740 square feet of flex space at Roosevelt Business Park, 2506 Roosevelt Ave. The landlord, Gilliatte Family Realty LLC, was represented by Larry W. Harshman of Harshman Property Services LLC. The tenant represented itself.

-Now Courier Inc. leased 3,200 square feet of industrial space at 2525 N. Shadeland Ave. The tenant was represented by Ryan Kelly of Cushman & Wakefield/Summit. The landlord, Orton Development Inc., was represented by Todd Vannatta and Michael Weishaar of Cassidy Turley.

-General Services Administration renewed its lease for 2,407 square feet of office space at 10 W. Market St. The landlord, MT Acquisitions LLC, was represented by Bennett Williams and Andrew Martin of Cassidy Turley. The tenant represented itself.

-Dr. Kenneth Ackles Sr. leased 1,466 square feet of office space in the Meridian Professional Building, 3266 N. Meridian St. The landlord, PBB III LLC, was represented by Larry W. Harshman of Harshman Property Services LLC. The tenant represented itself.

-Protis Executive Innovations Inc. leased 1,217 square feet of office space in the Barrister Building, 155 E. Market St. The landlord, Crown Barrister LLC, was represented by Larry W. Harshman of Harshman Property Services LLC. The tenant represented itself.

-Unique Heart Productions LLC leased 517 square feet of office space in the Stock Yards Bank Building, 136 E. Market St. The landlord, Crown Stock Yards LLC, was represented by Larry W. Harshman of Harshman Property Services LLC. The tenant represented itself.
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Rates

June 17, 2014
The average rate for 30-year mortgages rose from 4.32 percent to 4.34 percent in the week ended June 12, according to Bankrate.com. The rate for 15-year mortgages rose from 3.41 percent to 3.43 percent.
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People

June 17, 2014
-Tammy Recker, brokerage coordinator for JLL's industrial services team, has been promoted to leasing associate for the firm's office services team.

-Sarah Morey has joined JLL as brokerage coordinator for the industrial services team.

-Ryan Room has joined JLL as general manager and vice president of the firm's property management team.
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Construction

June 17, 2014
-Holladay Construction Group LLC. has completed an 8,612-square-foot bank renovation for Centier at 568 Carmel Drive.  

-Holladay Construction Group LLC has partnered with Holladay Properties and Schahet Hotels to begin construction of a five-story, 122-room, 82,000-square-foot, full service Holiday Inn near Indianapolis International Airport. Completion is scheduled for the winter of 2015.
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Company news

June 16, 2014

Indianapolis-based Harlan Laboratories quietly sold itself last month to United Kingdom-based Huntingdon Life Sciences. Huntingdon has 1,200 employees, most of them in the UK and Princeton, N.J. Harlan has about 2,300 employees worldwide, including 300 locally. “There are no plans to have any layoffs in the area, and Huntingdon is planning to continue an Indianapolis presence,” Harlan Chief Financial Officer Doug Vaughan said. “We would hope our business will grow locally.” Harlan had been weighed down by declining revenue in its contract research business and a pile of debt, which credit analysts deemed a serious liability. Already out of the picture is Harlan CEO Hans Thumen. Contacted via LinkedIn, Thumen declined to comment. But Vaughan said he left when the deal closed because “the combined company only needed one CEO.” The huge debt load was left over from the 2005 leveraged buyout of the company by San Francisco-based Genstar Capital. In early 2013, Harlan nearly engineered a $305 million restructuring, but the deal fell apart. Last fall, IBJ reported that Genstar might sell the company to avert default on $280 million in debt due to be paid off in July 2014.

Community Health Network and Eskenazi Health quietly called off their engagement months ago, when they found out federal laws effectively prohibited their marriage. Leaders of the two Indianapolis-based hospital systems are holding out hope they still may be able to join, but doing so would require Congress to change federal tax laws—and getting anything passed in Congress these days is extremely difficult. The two hospital systems announced in February 2013 a joint operating partnership that would create a joint board to form common strategies, pricing and clinical collaborations. They staged a splashy press conference at City Market, with public officials in attendance. Their plan would have created a primary care behemoth, with more front doors to access health care than any other hospital system in the area. That would have put Community and Eskenazi in a position to scoop up customers newly insured under Obamacare. But in late September, Community CEO Bryan Mills called off the deal so the organizations could focus on changes coming from Obamacare and so Eskenazi could focus on completing its new 315-bed hospital, which opened in December. The rules for the special bonds Eskenazi sold to finance its $754 million hospital require that the recipient of proceeds be separate from any private organizations. The bonds were part of the Build America section of President Obama’s 2009 stimulus package, and offered lower interest rates for publicly funded projects.

Dr. Ora Pescovitz, the former CEO of Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, is returning to Indianapolis to work for Eli Lilly and Co. Pescovitz, 57, spent the past five years as CEO of the University of Michigan Health System. Pescovitz, who stepped down from her Michigan position June 1, will join Lilly in October as a senior vice president, medical. Initially, she will work under Dr. Tim Garnett, Lilly’s chief medical officer, focusing on medical policy issues, such as Lilly’s relationship with health care professionals, expanding access to Lilly medicines, and patient support programs. After what Lilly is calling an “orientation period,” Pescovitz will move to “a senior medical leadership role,” according to a statement from Lilly spokeswoman Janice Chavers.

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June 16, 2014

Kelli Burress, a nurse practitioner, has joined St. Vincent Medical Group in Greencastle. Burress earned an associate’s degree from Ivy Tech State College in Indianapolis and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University in Indianapolis.

Dr. Mohammed Tarrabain, a family physician, has joined St. Vincent Medical Group in Carmel. Tarrabain earned his medical degree from The American University of Beirut in Lebanon.

Dr. Tim Franson has joined Indianapolis-based YourEncore as chief medical officer. Franson was vice president of global regulatory affairs at Eli Lilly and Co. and since then has worked as a consultant, on his own and at FaegreBD Consulting. Franson holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa and a medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

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Correction

June 10, 2014
Andrew Leonard is with 7D Commercial Real Estate. The firm name was incorrect in the 3 Sisters Cafe lease published last week.
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Leases/leasing contracts

June 10, 2014
-HJ Umbaugh & Associates leased 20,937 square feet of office space at 8365 Keystone Crossing. The tenant was represented by Christopher Carmen of Carmen Commercial Real Estate Services Inc. The landlord, Sourwine Real Estate Services, was represented by Andrew Martin and Bennett Williams of Cassidy Turley.
 
-3xLogic Inc. leased 14,182 square feet of industrial space at 9880-9896 E. 121st St., Fishers. The tenant was represented by Bryan Poynter of Cassidy Turley. The landlord, Duke Realty Corp., was represented by Duke's Kate Willen Ems.

-The Tamale Place leased 2,590 square feet at 1155 Stop 11 Road, Suite D. The tenant was represented by Andrew Clifford of 7D Commercial Real Estate. The landlord, J&J Partners LLC, was represented by Ryan Zickler of Zickler and Associates.

-Wynright Corp. leased 2,400 square feet of industrial space at 5603 W. Raymond St. The landlord, Iron Point Titan Asset Management LLC, was represented by Bryan Poynter of Cassidy Turley. The tenant represented itself.

-Dr. Billie J. Jameson  leased 2,270 square feet of office space in the Meridian Professional Building, 3266 N. Meridian St. The landlord, PBB III LLC, was represented by Larry W. Harshman of Harshman Property Services LLC. The tenant represented itself.

-Omni Tech Calibration Services Inc. leased 2,250 square feet of industrial space at 5545 W. Raymond St. The tenant was represented by Matt Kiger and Derek Menerey of Newmark Knight Frank Halakar. The landlord, Iron Point Titan Asset Management LLC, was represented by Bryan Poynter of Cassidy Turley.

-Force Holding Company LLC leased 2,160 square feet of industrial space at 6911-7061 Corporate Circle. The tenant was represented by Todd Vannatta of Cassidy Turley. The landlord, CrossLake Partners, was represented by Bryan Poynter and Russell Van Til of Cassidy Turley.

-Dajac Inc. leased 2,000 square feet of industrial space at 17406 Tiller Court, Westfield. The tenant was represented by Grant Lindley of Cassidy Turley. The landlord, First Financial Bank NA, was represented by J.D. Graves of CBRE.

-Encanto De Yemaya leased 1,420 square feet of retail space at Grant Plaza, 3035 Lafayette Road.The landlord, Harshman & Hays LLC, was represented by Larry W. Harshman of Harshman Property Services LLC. The tenant represented itself.

-The Bully Store leased 850 square feet of retail space at 2405 Lafayette Road. The landlord, 2405 Lafayette Road LLC, was represented by Larry W. Harshman of Harshman Property Services LLC. The tenant represented itself.
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People

June 10, 2014
Meyer Najem Construction Executive Vice President Sam Mishelow has been promoted to chief strategy officer of the company.
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Rates

June 10, 2014
The average rate for 30-year mortgages rose from 4.25 percent to 4.32 percent in the week ended June 5, according to Bankrate.com. The rate for 15-year mortgages rose from 3.35 percent to 3.41 percent.
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Construction

June 10, 2014
-Capitol Construction has completed a 3,000-square-foot retail build-out for MG Tates at 8702 Keystone Crossing.

-Capitol Construction has completed a 3,800-square-foot retail build-out for AFSCME at 9075 N. Meridian St.
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Company news

June 9, 2014

Indianapolis-based VoCare Inc. has formed a partnership with Motorola Mobility LLC, a subsidiary of Google Inc., to offer telehealth and remote monitoring services to seniors via Motorola smartphones. The partnership comes as VoCare raised $5 million this spring and is now trying to raise another $20 million. Along with Motorola, VoCare will offer smartphones that come preloaded with applications that connect to health care monitoring peripherals, the peripherals themselves, along with the phone and data services needed to power them. The VoCare phones have a safety button that connects them immediately to a remote call center if they experience falls or other emergencies. Also, VoCare’s remote monitoring system can keep track of seniors' health status as they use the medical peripherals or if their typical movement patterns change, suggesting a change in health. VoCare CEO Steve Peabody said in a prepared statement that the service will allow doctors to keep track of their patients and, using the video functions on the smartphones, make “virtual house calls.”

Indianapolis-based Indigo BioSystems Inc. has changed CEOs after securing $8.5 million in venture capital. The north-side firm of 47 employees makes software used by medical and research labs to review and analyze chemical compounds and tissue samples. Its new CEO is past president Randall Julian, a former Eli Lilly and Co. researcher who founded the company in 2004 through the drugmaker’s venture group. Julian takes over from Raul Zavaleta, who had led the company since 2011 so Julian could focus on product development. Zavaleta remains with the company as a consultant and a board director. Bootstrap Venture Fund LP, headquartered in San Diego, led the $8.5 million investment round. The investment is Indigo's second from a venture capital firm. The company raised $1.8 million in 2011. It has also received $1.75 million in grants from the federally funded 21st Century Research and Technology Fund, as well as $700,000 in conditional tax credits through the Indiana Economic Development Corp.

Indianapolis-based Cornerstone Cos. could break ground this year on an $11 million medical office building, expected to be largely owned by the doctors who practice there. Cornerstone is planning to locate the three-story, 43,000-square-foot building along Interstate 69 on a four-acre site on Olivia Way, which is near both the St. Vincent Fishers Hospital and the Indiana University Health Saxony Hospital. The Fishers Town Council agreed to forgive two-thirds of the property taxes on the project for six years. When the abatement runs out, Deer Creek Point’s property tax bill is expected to be about $178,000 a year—$70,000 more than a retail project would generate, according to projections prepared by public finance firm H.J. Umbaugh & Associates.

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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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