Real Estate & Retail

Developers to pitch projects near public housing towersRestricted Content

January 26, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Indianapolis Housing Agency is asking developers to pitch plans to build new residential or commercial space on land surrounding the 21-story John J. Barton Apartments at 555 Massachusetts Ave. and the 15-story Lugar Tower at 901 Fort Wayne Ave.
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Penn Arts redevelopment hits funding snagRestricted Content

January 26, 2009
The Penn Arts apartment building at 16th and Meridian streets will stay vacant a while longer. A $3 million plan to transform the 82-unit apartment building into 45 fancier units has hit a snag that's become familiar to developers: No financing was available at advantageous terms
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Former hospital could become student housingRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
Cory Schouten
Ivy Tech Community College is working with private developers on an $18 million plan to turn the old St. Vincent Hospital on Fall Creek Parkway into a housing complex for Ivy Tech and IUPUI students.
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Slump emboldens retailers to play tough with SimonRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
Greg Andrews
Suddenly, the balance of power is shifting between retail tenants and mighty Simon Property Group Inc., the nation's biggest mall owner. Simon's biggest challenge: A litany of retailers either have failed or are on the brink of financial collapse, creating more empty spaces in malls at a time demand is slack to fill it.
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Mass Ave redevelopment reaches a roadblockRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
Cory Schouten
Indianapolis Public Schools is looking for a new redevelopment strategy for its 11-acre facility on Massachusetts Avenue after an ambitious proposal for the historic former Coca-Cola bottling plant fizzled.
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Panattoni cuts back local presenceRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
California-based Panattoni Development Co. has eliminated its two-person Indianapolis development team as part of closures and job cuts in five cities.
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Broad Ripple restaurant closesRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
Scholar's Inn Bakehouse has closed its cafe at the corner of College and Broad Ripple avenues in Broad Ripple. The locally based chain still is operating the Scholar's Inn Restaurant & Lounge along Massachusetts Avenue downtown.
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New restaurants open in downtown IndianapolisRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
Two new restaurants near the corner of Washington and Pennsylvania streets have opened their doors.
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Portrait and Pasquinelli Homes winding down in IndianapolisRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
Cory Schouten
One of central Indiana's largest condominium builders may have to exit the market because of slowing demand and problems with financing. At peak, Chicago-based Portrait and Pasquinelli Homes was building 250 units per year in Indianapolis
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Green bills sprout at StatehouseRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Legislation filed in the Indiana General Assembly this year seeks renewable energy mandates, stricter building codes throughout Indiana.
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UPDATE: Macy's closing wounds ailing mall

January 8, 2009
Scott Olson
Macy's decision to close its store at Lafayette Square could deal a devastating blow to a mall already reeling from the loss of other major tenants.
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Indiana artisans craft national nicheRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
Gabrielle Poshadlo
Local artists Theresa Goodwin and Chris Foster are promoting their businesses via the Internet and by connecting with boutiques and other buyers through trade shows—a strategy that's boosting many niche firms.
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Companies selling indulgences find ways to get byRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
Sam Stall
Many Indianapolis-area folks who sell products and services that can't, by even the most tortuous logic, be described as "needs"are weathering the recession quite well. At least for now.
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High-flying Premier Properties crashes

December 29, 2008
Cory Schouten
The founder of local real estate firm Premier Properties USA Inc. saw his company falter this year and faced three felony charges in connection with its downfall.
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Light rail will move Indianapolis forwardRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Christopher B. Leinberger
There is a new way of building the Indianapolis area that is struggling to be born. It is different from how you have built the place over the past 60 years but it is essential to your future.
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New shop offers nutrition, exercise adviceRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Whitney Lee
Fitness-minded partners collaborate to open a Broad Ripple nutritional supplement store.
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Market owner: "Look into the future"Restricted Content

December 29, 2008
Sarah Layden
Georgetown Market has stayed in the health food game since 1973, in part because of owner Rick Montieth's ability to see down the road.
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Plainfield salon a family enterpriseRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Amanda Getchel
Beth Metzger has talked about opening a salon and day spa with her daughter, Jill Dennis, for years.
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Activist shakes up Steak n Shake after taking controlRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Cory Schouten
After months of agitating for changes at The Steak n Shake Co., investor Sardar Biglari finally got a shot at putting his theories into action.
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Mass Ave shops thrive 'in the city'Restricted Content

December 29, 2008
Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp
Talk to anyone about Kristin Kohn and her "In the City" ventures and you hear the same thing, over and over: Smart. Enthusiastic. Fun. Entrepreneurial. And hardworking, especially when it comes to Massachusetts Avenue.
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Davis Homes folds, other builders struggleRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Cory Schouten
Davis Homes, one of the state's largest home builders, fell victim to the tough housing market, ceasing operations July 23.
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Angie's List chief builds company, rebuilds Holy CrossRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
For several years, Angie's List CEO Bill Oesterle also has been quietly attempting to revitalize the near-east side.
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Ex-Noblesville official paved way for project after resigning post

December 22, 2008
Cory Schouten
A quick turnaround from city official to high-paid land-use lobbyist raises questions for some critics of revolving-door government.
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Struggling City Market loses subsidyRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has notified the City Market that the financially strapped city is phasing out its subsidies to the historic downtown fixture, which account for one-quarter of the market's nearly $1 million budget.
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Businesses on MLK give revitalization another shotRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Whitney Lee
The newly organized MLK Business Revitalization Association aims to bring new life to the neighborhood west of downtown by uniting area business owners behind a common goal -- cleaning up the community to attract other entrepreneurs.
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  1. Gay marriage is coming, whether or not these bigots and zealots like it or not. We must work to ensure future generations remember the likes of Greg Zoeller like they do the racists of our past...in shame.

  2. Perhaps a diagram of all the network connections of all politicians to their supporters and those who are elite/wealthy and how they have voted on bills that may have benefited their supporters. The truth may hurt, but there are no non-disclosures in government.

  3. I'm sure these lawyers were having problems coming up with any non-religious reason to ban same-sex marriage. I've asked proponents of this ban the question many times and the only answers I have received were religious reasons. Quite often the reason had to do with marriage to a pet or marriage between a group even though those have nothing at all to do with this. I'm looking forward to less discrimination in our state soon!

  4. They never let go of the "make babies" argument. It fails instantaneously because a considerable percentage of heterosexual marriages don't produce any children either. Although if someone wants to pass a law that any couple, heterosexual or homosexual, cannot be legally married (and therefore not utilize all legal, financial, and tax benefits that come with it) until they have produced a biological child, that would be fun to see as a spectator. "All this is a reflection of biology," Fisher answered. "Men and women make babies, same-sex couples do not... we have to have a mechanism to regulate that, and marriage is that mechanism." The civil contract called marriage does NOTHING to regulate babymaking, whether purposefully or accidental. These conservatives really need to understand that sex education and access to birth control do far more to regulate babymaking in this country. Moreover, last I checked, same-sex couples can make babies in a variety of ways, and none of them are by accident. Same-sex couples often foster and adopt the children produced by the many accidental pregnancies from mixed-sex couples who have failed at self-regulating their babymaking capabilities.

  5. Every parent I know with kids from 6 -12 has 98.3 on its car radio all the time!! Even when my daughter isn't in the car I sometimes forget to change stations. Not everybody wants to pay for satellite radio. This will be a huge disappointment to my 9 year old. And to me - there's so many songs on the radio that I don't want her listening to.

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