Real Estate & Retail

Bankruptcies, store closings help Halloween shops scare up space

October 23, 2009
Scott Olson
Like zombies coming to life in a low-budget horror flick, the Halloween specialty shops that invade empty store fronts are groaning with activity.
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Steak n Shake nearer to merger with steak chain

October 23, 2009
Under terms of the deal, Steak n Shake will pay Western Sizzlin shareholders $22.9 million and Western will pay its shareholders a $15.9 million stock dividend, making the total deal worth about $38.8 million.
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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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Fewer home-building permits signal weakness ahead

October 20, 2009
Associated Press
Applications for home-building permits, a gauge of future construction, fell in September by the largest amount in five months.
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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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Law firm sticks with unconventional space

October 20, 2009
Tom Harton
With its expansion last month into the historic Eden-Talbott House at 1336 N. Delaware St., the local environmental law firm Plews Shadley Racher & Braun now owns and occupies three historic homes and a 1950s-era office building in the same block.
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Northeast-side CVS gets nod

October 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Metropolitan Development Commission has given its blessing to a new CVS store along 82nd Street just east of Interstate 69 over the objection of city planners.
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Virginia homebuilder enters market

October 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Home-building powerhouse Ryan Homes is marketing lots in 10 subdivisions it has taken over from the defunct local builder CP Morgan Communities.
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First-time buyer tax credit isn't moving pricier homesRestricted Content

October 17, 2009
Cory Schouten
The incentive has not generated a hoped-for boost in sales of homes at higher price-points. About 30 percent of the sales eligible for the tax credit are foreclosures, meaning the seller likely won’t buy another home.
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Duke Realty to unload local land holdings at auctionRestricted Content

October 17, 2009
Cory Schouten
The locally based company plans to raise millions of dollars by selling nine undeveloped tracts in Indianapolis, Fishers, Plainfield and Lebanon.
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Bloomington mayor to roll out chain-store ordinance for downtown

October 17, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan believes this beloved college town loses a bit of its identity every time a national chain sets up shop.
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Area building permits fall for 23rd straight month

October 16, 2009
The number of building permits issued in the nine-county Indianapolis area fell 20 percent in September from the same time last year, marking 23 consecutive months of declines.
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State seeks at least $6.5M for 19-acre site

October 15, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana Finance Authority said Thursday it plans to auction off a vacant 19-acre development parcel between the White River and Fall Creek near downtown Indianapolis.
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Fishers water park developer hopeful despite setback

October 15, 2009
Scott Olson
The developer of a proposed hotel and water park in Fishers remains optimistic the project will get finished, despite the latest setback delaying the start of construction by at least two years.
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City strengthens building-permit process

October 14, 2009
Scott Olson
The pre-permit review could add nearly three weeks to the current permitting process
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Louisville company purchases assets of local distributor

October 14, 2009
Louisville-based Bailey Tools & Supply Inc. said Tuesday that it has purchased the assets of Indianapolis distributor Capitol Drilling & Contractors Supply.
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O'Malia's closing northside market after 33 years

October 13, 2009
Cory Schouten
The O'Malia's Food Market near 56th Street and Emerson Avenue will close for good this weekend after a 33-year run.
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Shopping center vacancies continue to climb

October 12, 2009
Scott Olson
Vacancies at U.S. shopping malls and retail strip centers have climbed to steep levels, a trend that Indianapolis-based commercial real estate companies Simon Property Group Inc. and Kite Realty Group Trust haven't been able to dodge.
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Grocery, housing projects could rejuvenate stretch of 16th Street

October 10, 2009
Cory Schouten
A troubled low-income housing project has a new owner with plans to redevelop the complex to better connect with the Herron Morton Place neighborhood. Next door, Kroger has revived efforts to acquire land and plan a new supermarket to replace a cramped, old-format location.
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Industrial real estate holding up during downturnRestricted Content

October 10, 2009
Industrial real estate in Indianapolis hasn’t escaped a bumpy ride caused by the recession, but it has managed to withstand turbulence better than the office and retail sectors.
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Proposed Fishers medical park faces uncertain demandRestricted Content

October 10, 2009
Scott Olson
The business park would encompass about 900 acres on the town’s northeast side and require rezoning of much of the land, from residential and agriculture to commercial.
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Firms line up to find new uses for old airport terminal, other properties

October 10, 2009
Chris O'Malley
The cash-strapped Indianapolis Airport Authority suddenly can’t look soon enough at developing some of its vast real estate holdings, including the city’s former passenger terminal. This month, it plans to conduct final contract negotiations with a firm that would study reuse of the old terminal, adjacent land and other airport holdings.
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Kroger ads in Star grab attention, raise eyebrowsRestricted Content

October 10, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
A new eye-grabbing advertising design in The Indianapolis Star has some wondering where ad content stops and news content begins.
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Green year for city hall, businesses

October 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
It’s been a year since Republican Mayor Greg Ballard launched the City’s Office of Sustainability. On Oct. 6, Ballard and his sustainability director, Karen Haley, outlined accomplishments in the first year.
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Controversial downtown project to get tax abatement

October 7, 2009
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Development Commission approved a 10-year tax abatement Wednesday afternoon for a controversial public-private plan to redevelop a vacant downtown office building.
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