Real Estate & Retail

Right time for REITs?: Some predict beaten-down sector is ready for another winning streakRestricted Content

February 25, 2008
Cory Schouten
For seven years, real estate investment trusts delivered returns that clobbered the overall stock market. Then, last year, the winning streak came to an end. Between January 2007 and January 2008, REITs as a whole lost 24 percent of their value. An index of the companies took a bigger hit than most every other sector. Among local REITs, Duke Realty Corp. was the hardest hit, with its stock price falling 44 percent, from about $41 to $23, during the one-year...
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Kite lands in hot retail spotRestricted Content

February 25, 2008
Cory Schouten
Another high-profile local developer is making a move to capitalize on the city's hottest retail corridor, joining mall giant Simon Property Group Inc. and upstart Premier Properties USA Inc. Kite Realty Group Trust paid $18.3 million for Rivers Edge shopping center, a 111,000-square-foot property just east of Clearwater Crossing.
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: Protestors shouldn't control community developmentRestricted Content

February 25, 2008
Brian Mann
N e i g h b o r h o o d activists in Pittsburgh are fighting a development that would bring a grocery store, job training center, youth programs and other social services to the area of the Pittsburgh Penguins' $290 million arena. The Pittsburgh group was planning a march in protest. Is retail and commercial development next to a sports arena a bad idea? A Cambridge, Mass., neighborhood group was opposed to the development of three townhomes, arguing...
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Commentary: A story we all should heedRestricted Content

February 11, 2008
Mickey Maurer
Last month, Brightpoint Inc. Chairman and CEO Bob Laikin was honored with Indiana University's Distinguished Entrepreneurs-In-Residence Award. If the selection committee was looking for an executive with pluck, it chose well. The IU Kelley School of Business hosts the Distinguished Entrepreneurs-In-Residence program to inspire students and help them learn about the challenges of starting or expanding an emerging business. Laikin's tumultuous and exciting journey left the students as dizzy as a day-long ride on the Kings Island Beast. Laikin founded...
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Winona trustee still fighting hospital creditors, ex-ownerRestricted Content

February 11, 2008
J.K. Wall
Paul Gresk, the bankruptcy trustee overseeing the liquidation of Winona Memorial Hospital, is pushing for a showdown in court to prove his claims that Winona's former owner, Leland Medical Centers Inc., illegally transferred more than $4 million out of Winona.
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Law firms making green push: Environmental teams provide marketing boostRestricted Content

February 11, 2008
Scott Olson
The next generation of environmental law is coming to a firm near you. Many law firms have existing practices that counsel clients on the complexities of complying with air and water permits or cleaning up contaminated properties. But now that the corporate sector is embracing "green" initiatives quicker than Al Gore accumulates carbon credits, environmental law is becoming as sexy as, say, intellectual property. Two of the city's largest firms-Ice Miller LLP and Baker & Daniels LLP-recently unveiled so-called "green"...
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Trustee inches toward redeveloping property portfolioRestricted Content

February 11, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
Center Township Trustee Carl Drummer and his predecessors have stockpiled more than money over the years. The trustee's office also holds a portfolio of mostly undeveloped properties worth at least $10 million. Several key parcels have been on the trustee's books-and off the tax rolls-for decades. Drummer has made some progress in finding uses for the properties since an IBJ special report first questioned his holdings in November 2006. But it would have to be measured in inches. The most...
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Financial crisis offers opening for banks' market-share reshufflingRestricted Content

February 4, 2008
Cory Schouten
Market observers rank today's credit crisis on par with some of the ugliest moments in U.S. banking history. News service Bloomberg predicted fourth-quarter lending losses could make it "the worst earnings period for the financial industry since the Great Depression." Yet amid the carnage, financial institutions are sniffing around for opportunities.
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Developer with environmental bent has $20M pipeline of projectsRestricted Content

February 4, 2008
Cory Schouten
Expensive suits and luxury cars are standard issue for most developers, but not for the owners of locally based Casa Verde LLC. Three of four owners sport beards. They build only Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, certified projects. But don't let the hippie image mask the company's mission: Make green by building green.
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Pedestrian bridge to state park still in the works: White River venues think hotel complex will be a boostRestricted Content

February 4, 2008
Jennifer Whitson
Developers of the $425 million hotel complex downtown still are working out plans for a pedestrian bridge spanning Washington Street that will connect it to White River State Park. Merrillville-based White Lodging Co. and Indianapolis-based REI Real Estate Services proposed a connector-either a bridge or an underground tunnel-in early designs of the convention hotel complex at the southwest corner of West and Washington streets. Although later site plans did not include the link, REI President Mike Wells said the developers...
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Memo: Unpaid contractors demanding payment from Premier Properties

January 28, 2008
Cory Schouten
Premier Properties USA Inc. is scrambling to keep up with bills for basic services including snow removal, security and interior design—more signs of financial troubles for the developer of Metropolis in Plainfield and the proposed Venu project in Indianapolis.
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INVESTING: How to remain rational amid market's turmoilRestricted Content

January 28, 2008
Ken Skarbeck
We can let the mar ket mouthpieces and economists debate whether we are offi cially in a bear market or a recession, but investors don't need labels to know times are tough. One year ago at this time, the financial world was idyllic Credit was cheap and plentiful. The largest private equity takeover in history was nearing completion, with Sam Zell selling his Equity Office Properties for $40 billion to the Blackstone Group (signaling the market top for real estate...
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Busy year, no whoppers: Deals were numerous in 2007, but lack of blockbuster holds overall price tag downRestricted Content

January 28, 2008
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis area didn't experience a monster-size business transaction in 2007 like it has in recent years, but that doesn't mean the deal-makers weren't busy. IBJ's annual list of Big Deals tracked more large business transactions involving Indianapolis-area companies than ever before in 2007, even though the total dollar amount of the deals was dramatically lower than the previous year's. Deals compiled by the Indianapolis Business Journal that closed in 2007 totaled $23.4 billion, well below the $38.5 billion posted...
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Local builders slash jobs, offices to survive housing slumpRestricted Content

January 28, 2008
Cory Schouten
At the market's peak, builders churned out more than 12,000 new homes a year in central Indiana. In the current slump, new-home production has dropped to fewer than 7,000 per year, leaving builders with no choice but to slash prices, eliminate hundreds of jobs, and look to unload huge chunks of office space.
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Firm that sells sunglasses for large heads lands Wal-Mart dealRestricted Content

January 28, 2008
Jennifer Whitson
In March 2006, USA Today picked up a local newspaper's profile of Indianapolis-based Fatheadz Inc., the company Rico Elmore and two partners founded in 2005 to sell eyeglass frames for larger heads. That eventually led to the company's big break: A Wal-Mart Stores Inc. executive read the article and ordered buyers to track down Fatheadz to make a deal.
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: Patent ruling a big victory for biotech, drug industriesRestricted Content

January 21, 2008
Lynn Tyler
Last Halloween a federal court in Virginia gave the biotech and pharmaceutical industries a big treat when it preliminarily halted the Patent and Trademark Office, or PTO, from implementing new rules governing certain aspects of patent prosecution. This ruling was significant because it prevented the PTO from imple menting new rules governing patent applications that many thought would weaken protection of important biological and chemical inventions. Several local life sciences businesses and entities with significant numbers of patent applications in...
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Former RCA industrial site to get $20M rehabRestricted Content

January 21, 2008
Cory Schouten
A Bloomington company that revived a former Thomson Consumer Electronics/RCA plant in that city is taking a shot at redeveloping one of the largest industrial eyesores in Indianapolis, also a former RCA complex. Pinnacle Properties plans to spend $20 million redeveloping the 13-building property northwest of Sherman Drive and East Michigan Street.
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Sports tenants ponder vacating Pan Am Plaza: Four national governing bodies could share officeRestricted Content

January 21, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
The Pan Am Plaza building, constructed to provide office space for amateur sports organizations, may soon be losing three of its highest-profile tenants. USA Gymnastics, USA Diving and U.S. Synchronized Swimming are contemplating moving out of the building at 201 S. Capitol Ave., sources close to the organizations said. A fourth group, USA Track & Field, which is preparing to move from the RCA Dome, is considering joining the other three sports-governing bodies in shared office space-preferably downtown. USATF will...
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Upscale mainstay Glass Chimney ending its 32-year runRestricted Content

January 21, 2008
Tracy Donhardt
Lured to America in 1967 by brothers who owned restaurants in Cincinnati and Indianapolis, Dieter Puska has spent the past 32 years--nearly half his life--as owner and chef of the elegant Glass Chimney restaurant in Carmel. So it was a bittersweet moment when he told his employees this month that he is hanging up his chef's coat and giving up his 70-hour workweeks to retire.
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Real estate exec with lavish lifestyle accused of $160M fraudRestricted Content

January 14, 2008
Chris O'Malley
A high-flying Carmel businessman who moved his base of operations to Miami a couple of years ago is accused of burning through $160 million of investors' money in the collapse of his real estate empire.
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Few stocks avoid effect of housing, banking woes: Wall Street pessimism spreading across industriesRestricted Content

January 14, 2008
Tracy Donhardt
Nineteen central Indiana companies have seen their stock prices fall more than one-quarter from the 52-week highs-a plunge that largely reflects pessimism over the strength of the economy. The pullback has hammered some of the top-performing Hoosier companies in recent years, including shopping mall owner Simon Property Group Inc. (off $46 a share, or 38 percent) and school operator ITT Educational Services Inc. (off $52, or 39 percent). Former highfliers often take the biggest tumble when investor sentiment turns bearish....
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Nature Conservancy buys blighted industrial siteRestricted Content

January 14, 2008
Cory Schouten
The Nature Conservancy has agreed to buy a blighted industrial property on the eastern edge of downtown to develop a new Indiana headquarters. The $4.5 million project--which will revitalize or replace the former home of Nemec Heating & Supply Co. at 614 E. Ohio St.--should provide another boost to an area that has been bulking up on development, mainly residential.
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Financial Planning Titles: A list of acronyms after an adviser's name might look impressive, but those seeking credible advice need to sort through designationsRestricted Content

January 7, 2008
Scott Olson
inancial F Planning Titles A list of acronyms after an adviser's name might look impressive, but those seeking credible advice need to sort through designations Investing your money is overwhelming enough already-especially with all the available options-without having to fret over whether a financial adviser has the credentials to keep your retirement account afloat. Sure, there are a litany of fancy titles financial planners can earn that may help ease your concerns. But what do they really mean? With more...
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RETURN ON TECHNOLOGY: Beware: e-mail is bastion of many security lapsesRestricted Content

January 7, 2008
Tim Altom
Tell the truth-you've "Googled" yourself, haven't you? All of us have, or at least we should. It's interesting for me to do it for myself, because I've been an Internet denizen since before the Web was woven, when all most of us did was exchange e-mails. What chills me sometimes is how far back the Google results for my name can go, clear into the mid-1990s in some cases. The 'Net never forgets anything. If you have doubts about that,...
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National City Center nabs VeoliaRestricted Content

January 7, 2008
Cory Schouten
Paris-based utilities giant Veolia Water has reached a deal to move its North American headquarters into the 16-story National City Center, providing a boost to a downtown building still reeling from the loss of Simon Property Group Inc.
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  1. Can your dog sign a marriage license or personally state that he wishes to join you in a legal union? If not then no, you cannot marry him. When you teach him to read, write, and speak a discernible language, then maybe you'll have a reasonable argument. Thanks for playing!

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