Real Estate & Retail

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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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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Adjacent Central Canal parcels go on the market

September 12, 2009
Cory Schouten
The owners of two industrial properties that span an entire city block along the Central Canal downtown have put their properties up for sale with an eye toward redevelopment.
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Ex-Lauth executive: 'Every day is a struggle' after a year of unemploymentRestricted Content

September 12, 2009
Cory Schouten
Michael Hartman earned a six-figure salary as a vice president at Lauth Group Inc. until he was laid off in early 2008. Since then, he’s struggled to find a job—any job that would allow his family to stay in their Westfield home.
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Flush with cash, developer Simon revives hunt for acquisitionsRestricted Content

September 12, 2009
Greg Andrews
Simon Property Group Inc. has managed to grow revenue tenfold since going public 16 years ago. The key has been well-timed acquisitions.
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Latin market and tapas bar opening in Fishers

September 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The new market, which will also offer catering services, is in a strip center owned by locally based Centre Properties and anchored by Beauty Brands and Panera.
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Music Mill to reopen again under new owner

September 11, 2009
Jeff Newman, Scott Olson
The Music Mill, a local concert venue, restaurant and bar that has been closed down twice this year by different operators, has new life. Local entrepreneur Ravi Chopra, 44, who owns the 6 Lounge & Restaurant downtown, announced last night that he has purchased the Music Mill and plans to reopen it Oct. 12.
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Area home-sale agreements level off, prices still falling

September 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The housing slump may be weakening in the nine-county Indianapolis area, if a report released today by F.C. Tucker Co. is any indication.
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HHGregg promotes three executives

September 9, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based electronics retailer HHGregg Inc. announced the promotions of three executives this morning, including the appointment of a new chief financial officer.
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Soft sales plague furniture retailers

September 5, 2009
Cory Schouten
Furniture is one of the easiest big-ticket purchases for consumers to defer when money is tight. Couple that with a housing bust that left demand for new couches on the curb, and tight credit markets that continue to prevent retailers from financing customers without perfect credit, and you’ve got the worst market for furniture since the Great Depression.
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