Real Estate & Retail

Charter Homes owner gets 2-plus years for mortgage fraud

September 30, 2009
Cory Schouten
Charter Homes owner Jerry J. Jaquess has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison and ordered to pay restitution of $825,000 for his role in a $20 million mortgage fraud scheme.
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Georges put north-side estate up for sale

September 28, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Tony George and his wife, Laura, have put up for sale their 12-acre, wooded estate at 8030 Spring Mill Road on the north side of Indianapolis.
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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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Widow likely biggest beneficiary of Simon's estate

September 26, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Bren Simon likely will inherit at least one-third of her billionaire husband’s fortune and potentially much more, wealth managers speculate, based on the legal and tax issues involved in such a large estate.
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Entrepreneur hopes real estate venture will rebuild neighborhoods, fund charitiesRestricted Content

September 26, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
David Sexauer has $250,000 and a list of about 120 properties he’d like to acquire from the city of Indianapolis.
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Real estate marketer launches 4 Walls Etc. from homeRestricted Content

September 26, 2009
Brock Benefiel
Startup real estate firm specializes in marketing, digital floor plans and site plans.
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Architecture firms launch energy venture

September 26, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Architectural and engineering firm Schmidt Associates Inc. and mechanical contractor Johnson Melloh Inc. have partnered to form Energy Solutions by JMS, which will promote energy-savings programs to school districts, libraries and units of local government throughout the state.
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Finish Line shares rise despite quarterly loss

September 25, 2009
Cory Schouten
Shares in locally based athletic retailer The Finish Line Inc. jumped Friday morning after the company reported a narrow loss for the second fiscal quarter, mostly because of the large cost of unloading its unsuccessful Man Alive stores in July.
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Finish Line suffers second quarter loss

September 24, 2009
Associated Press
Sporting goods retailer The Finish Line Inc. said on Thursday that it lost $874,000 in the second quarter, mostly because of a loss it took by unloading its unsuccessful Man Alive stores in July.
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St. Francis resumes work on $265M project

September 24, 2009
J.K. Wall
With its financial performance exceeding expectations, St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers will resume construction on a $265 million, 221-bed patient tower at its Indianapolis campus, the hospital system announced Thursday.
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Historic Landmarks returning to headquarters

September 24, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana is set to return to its headquarters in downtown Indianapolis tomorrow, six months after a fire at a neighboring apartment project displaced the not-for-profit.
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Anticipated development near stadium isn't materializing

September 19, 2009
Sam Stall
Not long ago, developers seemed to vie for every square inch of open ground in the vicinity of the just-completed Lucas Oil Stadium. These days, the entire neighborhood has been pushed, if not into a financial deep freeze, then at the very least to the back of the crisper drawer.
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Developer Broadbent sues banks after they tighten credit line

September 19, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Locally based Broadbent Co., one of the city’s biggest retail developers, has sued two of its banks, charging they’re wrongly attempting to restrict its access to a $50 million credit line.
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MANN: Commercial real estate is next mortgage crisisRestricted Content

September 19, 2009
Brian Mann
The cresting wave of maturing commercial real estate debt is the second act in our nation's credit crisis.
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'Dewatering' system creates space, keeps new Marriott's basement dryRestricted Content

September 19, 2009
Scott Olson
A sprawling network of drainage pipes is designed to keep the underground parking garage of the new JW Marriott hotel dry.
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Indiana turns away booze-distribution heavyweight

September 19, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission has voted to deny liquor and wine permits for Southern Wine & Spirits of America Inc., the nation’s largest liquor distributor, citing concerns over a track record of anti-competitive behavior.
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Simon built mall empire from scratch, changed way America shopsRestricted Content

September 19, 2009
Cory Schouten
Melvin Simon, who died at 82 on Sept. 16, grasped early on that creation of the nation's interstate system would pave the way for large, enclosed shopping centers.
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Australian owner abandons efforts to sell Chase TowerRestricted Content

September 19, 2009
Greg Andrews
Macquarie Office Trust of Sydney has quietly pulled the 48-story Chase Tower off the market, along with a property in Boston and a property in Denver that failed to draw juicy enough offers.
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New owner to rehab two century-old apartment buildings

September 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
A local real estate veteran who had planned to retire has instead jumped back into the game with the purchase of two vacant downtown properties he plans to convert to market-rate apartments.
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Clinton, Bird among mourners at Simon funeral

September 18, 2009
Associated Press
Former President Bill Clinton described Melvin Simon as one of the most remarkable people he's ever met as he gave a eulogy today during the funeral for the billionaire shopping mall developer and Indiana Pacers co-owner.
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Commission OKs Ameriplex, Rexnord tax abatements

September 16, 2009
Scott Olson
The Metropolitan Development Commission this afternoon approved two requests for property tax abatement, including one for a mammoth development known as World Connect at AmeriPlex.
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UPDATE: Simon remembered for vision, courage

September 16, 2009
Cory Schouten
A Friday funeral is planned for a man who made a fortune building shopping malls across the U.S. and later became a prolific philanthropist in his adopted hometown of Indianapolis. Melvin Simon, 82, succumbed this morning after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
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First-time homebuyers boosting residential sales

September 16, 2009
Scott Olson
Low-priced homes and foreclosures are driving a large chunk of residential real estate sales in Indianapolis, largely due to first-time home buyers taking advantage of a federal tax credit, according to a report released today by Re/Max of Indiana.
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'Community icon' Melvin Simon dies

September 16, 2009
Cory Schouten
Melvin Simon, a tailor’s son who earned billions building shopping malls across the U.S. and later became a prolific philanthropist in his adopted hometown of Indianapolis, has died. He was 82.
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Apartments near downtown canal slated for rehab

September 15, 2009
Tom Harton
A local real estate veteran who had planned to retire has instead jumped back into the game with the purchase of two vacant downtown properties he plans to convert to market-rate apartments.
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