Real Estate & Retail

Shopping mall owner offers $5.6B for competitor

July 29, 2014
Bloomberg News
Klepierre SA, which is partly owned by Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group, has offered to buy Dutch competitor Corio NV to solidify its position as Europe’s second-largest publicly traded-shopping mall operator.
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Hunt Construction acquired by L.A. engineering firm

July 29, 2014
Scott Olson
The city's largest construction contractor, whose local projects include Lucas Oil Stadium and the JW Marriott hotel, has been acquired by Los Angeles-based engineering firm Aecom Technology Corp.
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Contracts to buy homes decrease nationally

July 28, 2014
Associated Press
Sales have been slowed by a mix of meager wage growth, rising home prices, and mortgage rates that rose steadily through the end of last year.
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Groundbreaking set for $15M Speedway roundabout

July 28, 2014
Associated Press
The town of Speedway plans a two-lane roundabout to replace the current stoplight-controlled intersection at West 16th and Main streets, and Crawfordsville Road, outside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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Former piano factory burns down in Muncie

July 26, 2014
Associated Press
Old building also had been used as chemical distributorship.
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Indiana Limestone Co. digs out of deep hole

July 26, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
In February, Indiana Limestone Co. filed for bankruptcy. But two months later, Chicago-based Wynnchurch Capital Ltd. bought the quarry company out of bankruptcy. ILC is now digging out and looking at a brighter horizon.
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Carmel budget hawks want harder line on deals with developers

July 26, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The Carmel Redevelopment Commission’s 2014 revenue is estimated to exceed expenses by less than $100,000—a narrow margin for an agency with annual debt payments totaling $17.5 million. By 2037, debt could outpace tax proceeds by a total of $43 million, according to projections released this month by a consultant.
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Bar owner alleges racism in lease dispute

July 26, 2014
Scott Olson
The owner of a nightclub in the heart of Broad Ripple believes his landlords nearly doubled his rent for just one reason: to force him and his mostly African-American clientele from the building.
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Developer pitches 5-story office building for Broad RippleRestricted Content

July 26, 2014
Scott Olson
A local developer plans to build a five-story office building on the site of a closed American Legion post in Broad Ripple.
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Carmel residents balk at sewer-overflow tank planned next to church

July 25, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
The Clay Township Regional Waste District has made a $106,800 offer to King of Glory Church to buy land for the above-ground tank, which would be the size of a one-story McMansion.
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Simon profit jumps on improving occupancy, rents

July 23, 2014
The company reported a 20-percent increase in profit in the second quarter as occupancy in its malls climbed to 96.5 percent, prompting Simon to raise its guidance.
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UPDATE: Lowe's to invest $20.5M in customer-service center

July 22, 2014
Mason King
The home-improvement retail titan plans to begin hiring immediately for the center on the northeast side, pledging to employ as many as 1,000 workers making wages of $10 to $14 per hour.
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Kite Realty to engineer 1-for-4 reverse stock split

July 22, 2014
Mason King
The move will hike the real estate firm's stock price, combining every four shares into a single share. Kite officials hope a double-digit price will give shares a more stable foundation and an image makeover.
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Interactive Intelligence set to break ground on $12.5M building

July 22, 2014
Scott Olson
The 119,000-square-foot structure will be built next to the software developer's headquarters on the northwest side as part of its growth plans to add 430 employees within the next few years.
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Area home-construction permit filings tick up

July 22, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Filings in the nine-county metro area have shown slight year-over-year improvement in four of this year’s six months.
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Judge blocks ordinance aimed at I-69 work noise

July 21, 2014
Associated Press
Marion County Judge David Dreyer issued a temporary injunction Monday blocking a Monroe County ordinance that limited noise on the project between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
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Developer seeks $11.5M subsidy for Carmel project

July 21, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Edward Rose Development Group is asking the city to issue tax-increment financing bonds to help pay for a parking garage and infrastructure in an $80 million project it's planning.
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Well-known east-side Mexican eatery closes

July 21, 2014
Scott Olson
El Sol de Tala, a staple on East Washington Street for several decades, shut its doors earlier this month amid a court dispute between the restaurant's owner and his landlord.
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HHGregg ready to dust off, ramp up Fine Lines conceptRestricted Content

July 19, 2014
Greg Andrews
HHGregg's high-end-appliance Fine Lines stores are shifting into the spotlight as the struggling retailer looks for ways to offset declining consumer electronics sales.
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Kite CEO 'not afraid to continue to grow'Restricted Content

July 19, 2014
Scott Olson
In an interview with IBJ, Kite Realty Group Trust CEO John Kite discusses the $1.2 billion acquisition of Illinois-based Inland Diversified Real Estate Trust, potential redevelopment of Pan Am Plaza and its hopes to keep a branch of the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library at Glendale Town Center.
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Spec distribution center fully leased in AnsonRestricted Content

July 19, 2014
 IBJ Staff
A joint venture between developers Browning Investments Inc. and Duke Realty Corp. announced July 15 that Chattanoogo Tenn.-based Kenco, a third-party logistics provider, has taken the remaining 257,000 square feet.
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State to scope downtown block for new offices, parking

July 18, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Office of Management and Budget will study a state-owned parcel just north of the Statehouse, potentially to house the judiciary and provide more legislative office space.
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Clock ticks on Wigwam's fate

July 18, 2014
Associated Press
Anderson officials say the city will take ownership of the iconic gym, but only if it has a binding agreement by Sept. 2 with a group to reopen the Wigwam.
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Plane piloted by Simon exec made 'popping' noise before crash

July 18, 2014
Associated Press
A preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board quotes two witnesses as saying they saw the airplane trailing blue smoke during its takeoff and described the sound of the engine as "popping" or misfiring.
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U.S. home construction drops 9.3 percent in June

July 17, 2014
Associated Press
U.S. home construction fell in June to the slowest pace in nine months, a setback to hopes that housing is regaining momentum and will boost economic growth this year.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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