Real Estate & Retail

RETURN ON TECHNOLOGY: Give me the site, but hold the uninvited videoRestricted Content

October 1, 2007
Tim Altom
I can still remember when vacation movies were captured on 8mm film and had to be shown on jerky little projectors with hot bulbs that gave off ozone by the bucketful. Fascinating to the family that took the movies, but deadly dull to everyone else. Then along came video cameras that were much more portable and could show their movies on the family VCR. They had many advanced features, such as zoom, stop action, and even dubbing. And they were...
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Premier not afraid of going head-to-head with SimonRestricted Content

October 1, 2007
Cory Schouten
Premier Properties USA Inc. is preparing to go head-to-head with Simon Property Group Inc., the nation's largest and most powerful mall developer, across the street from Simon's top-performing The Fashion Mall at Keystone. Premier is proposing a 2.3-million-square-foot, $750 million development at 86th Street and Keystone Avenue called Venu.
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To weather downturn, housing industry rolls out incentivesRestricted Content

October 1, 2007
Sam Stall
For most of this decade, the Indianapolis residential real estate market enjoyed a very good run. But now it's muddling through the doldrums just like the rest of the country, and builders are pulling out all the stops to avoid getting stuck with inventory.
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Navigating the credit crunch: Will subprime woes leave you dry? Here's what to look for.Restricted Content

September 24, 2007
Scott Olson
For months, we've been reading and hearing news about the so-called subprime mortgage crisis and the resulting "credit crunch." For thousands of families who have lost their homes to foreclosure, the crisis is clear. For most people, however, the impact isn't so obvious. Beyond those directly affected by mortgage defaults, who else should be concerned about the aftershocks? Some economic forecasters are warning that the subprime mortgage situation and the ongoing weakness in the housing market could linger long enough...
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Fiercely private developer built strip-center empireRestricted Content

September 24, 2007
Cory Schouten
Sid Eskenazi fell in love with the board game Monopoly as a child. Buying and developing make-believe properties with make-believe money inspired the grade-schooler. And he was good at it. So several years later, Eskenazi began playing what he likes to call "adult Monopoly." He bought one property at a time with real money.
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EYE ON THE PIE: Give tax relief to those who truly need itRestricted Content

September 24, 2007
Morton Marcus
No topic brings me more mail than property taxes. Some of this mail is silly, some is tragic. Many writers are concerned that they or their neighbors will lose their homes because of propertytax increases. This is a serious, legitimate concern. However, it is not a reason to abolish property taxes. Those who are hard-pressed to pay their property taxes are not different from those who have problems paying utility bills, medical bills, and the costs of other necessities. These...
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City paves way to redevelop Bush Stadium siteRestricted Content

September 17, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
Indianapolis has initiated the redevelopment process for Bush Stadium, its shuttered sports landmark. The Metropolitan Development Commission has hired a pair of local firms for $25,000 to appraise historic Bush Stadium--a first step toward reuse or, more likely, at least partial demolition.
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Heart or head?: Intellect, emotions play role in most biz-location decisionsRestricted Content

September 17, 2007
Sam Stall
Ithe process of f n theory, retail, office or industrial location as should putting be as rational and unemotional reality, emotions together a spreadsheet. But in as hard data. can carry just as much weight "People use very sophisticated uildings processes , but in and evaluations to compare b ," s as much of an art as a science the end, it' . Smith, CEO eteran Samuel F said industry v Commercial of Indianapolis-based Resource aspect of it Real Estate...
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Township wrestles with incorporation: As Greenwood, Bargersville annex commercial corridors, rest of township declinesRestricted Content

September 17, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
White River Township in northwest Johnson County is dotted with an increasing number of high-priced homes and anchored by one of the area's strongest school districts. But the area, known as Center Grove, also is marked by crumbling roads, poor drainage and an anemic parks system. To preserve its strengths and shore up its growing weaknesses, some in the area think White River Township needs to incorporate into its own city. The township of more than 40,000 residents faces the...
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MCL spending $1M to freshen its imageRestricted Content

September 17, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
After 12 months of market research, MCL cafeterias discovered younger folks and families aren't familiar with the taste of the Mayfield's Value Plate or the Noon Special. So the company has launched a $1 million campaign to reposition its brand.
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24-year-old developer tackles $30M dealRestricted Content

September 10, 2007
Cory Schouten
Jaron Garrett hasn't developed anything like the 25-story tower he's proposing. And he doesn't come close to having the financial muscle to pull off the $30 million project on his own. But Garrett is determined to sell his vision of transforming a downtown eyesore at Washington and Pennsylvania streets into a twisting glass-and-steel apartment tower.
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Mayor says MSA 'not a priority'Restricted Content

September 3, 2007
Cory Schouten
With the Nov. 6 mayoral election looming, Mayor Bart Peterson seems content to wait for a third term to choose who will redevelop the Market Square Arena site. He's willing to put off the opportunity to wipe past failures clean in large part because the political climate has changed.
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Pan Am development deal diesRestricted Content

August 27, 2007
Cory Schouten
Fallout from the subprime mortgage fiasco has scuttled a developer's plans to acquire Pan Am Plaza and could complicate a host of other development deals under way in Indianapolis.
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CHRIS KATTERJOHN Commentary: IBJ's Enterprise Award hits 25Restricted Content

August 20, 2007
Giving out awards can be a tricky business. To wit, news broke Aug. 13 that CEO Peter Dunn has left Steak n Shake, a company we honored in 2005 with our annual Enterprise Award. A good chunk of the credit in our article profiling the company two years ago was directed at Dunn, an MBA and food-industry veteran who had energized the company with a philosophy that was producing results. Now he's gone. Do his departure and a decline in...
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Steak n Shake expects 'rebuilding year'Restricted Content

August 20, 2007
Cory Schouten
Steak n Shake Co. CEO Peter M. Dunn analyzed and measured just about everything at the restaurant chain, from drive-through times to employee turnover. All that research and testing was welcome when the company was thriving a few years ago. But the lack of evidence that all the analysis was paying off eroded Wall Street's confidence in Dunn.
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Noble Roman's rebuilds empire through franchisingRestricted Content

August 20, 2007
Michael Dabney
Noble Roman's Inc. stock this year has been rising nearly as fast as its pizza dough, defying skeptics who'd written off the long-ailing Indianapolis company. With a new business strategy built on franchising and dual-branded restaurants, Noble Roman's has seen quarter-to-quarter earnings increase for more than two years.
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Busy Lauth develops into national power: Hoosier entrepreneurs fuel growth at real estate firmRestricted Content

August 13, 2007
Cory Schouten
Before they had fancy suits or fast cars, the four owners of Lauth Property Group were resourceful teen-agers, busy finding ways to make money. Chairman Bob Lauth, President Michael Curless and CEO Greg Gurnik each started neighborhood lawn-care businesses. The company's treasurer and chief accounting officer, Larry Palmer, hawked programs at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. At the time, their hard work and entrepreneurial instincts helped scrounge up date money. In the last few years, it's helped them turn Indianapolis-based Lauth...
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: So, you really want to be a real estate developer ...Restricted Content

August 13, 2007
Brian Mann
Real estate developers have a secret: We're not evil. OK ... we're not all evil This runs contrary to the perception that some people seem determined to promote. They opine that "good development" is an oxymoron. Development is a humbling business. It turns out that a lot of people know a lot more about the right way to do development than we do, and they're not shy about letting us and everyone else know this, in public meetings, private conversations,...
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PROFILE: LB&A Sign Management: Signs matter Artist helps firms promote their brandsRestricted Content

August 13, 2007
Jo Ellen
LB&A Sign Management Signs matter Artist helps firms promote their brands It takes more than a power drill to put up a company's sign these days. In most cities and towns, there are ordinances and zoning regulations to comply with and permits to get before a sign is tacked on the side of a building. Business owners also want their signs to capture the firm's essence-and look good, too. That's where Lisa Bohn comes in. Bohn, 40, parlayed 15 years'...
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INVESTING: Strange time for business: Bad, good news aboundsRestricted Content

August 13, 2007
Ken Skarbeck
There is an ancient Chinese proverb that says, "May you live in interesting times." The saying possesses a sort of electric connotation, with hopes that one experiences an exciting lifetime. Yet in the historical use of this proverb, the interpretation of "interesting times" hasn't always meant "good times," with some recitals implying "dangerous times." For investors, our times are certainly interesting. We have a global economy that is booming. Economic growth across the planet has never been in such harmony....
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Did mortgage losses spur sudden First Indiana sale?:Restricted Content

August 13, 2007
First Indiana Corp. announced poor second-quarter financial results Aug. 7-which raises this interesting question: Did the city's biggest locally owned bank race to sell itself last month because the results otherwise would have caused its stock to tumble? Even before the earnings report, banking observers were abuzz that the $529 million sale to Milwaukee-based Marshall & Ilsley Corp. seemed rushed. While many expected First Indiana to sell eventually, CEO Robert Warrington had seemed hellbent on improving results first to drive...
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Office market vacancy rates showing positive signs: Government leasing boosts downtown performance; suburbs see fast absorption despite flurry of constructionRestricted Content

August 13, 2007
Scott Olson
Downtown and suburban vacancy rates are declining slightly or at least holding steady-a positive sign for an Indianapolis office market absorbing a plethora of new space on the city's north side. The second-quarter vacancy rate for the central business district dropped to 15.9 percent, from 16.7 percent the previous quarter, according to data from the local office of St. Louis-based commercial real estate firm Colliers Turley Martin Tucker. A similar report from the local office of Los Angeles-based CB Richard...
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Beilouny Luxury Properties carves out downtown niche: Propelled by its flagship 757 Mass Ave project, upstart local developer eyeing more mixed-use projectsRestricted Content

August 13, 2007
Cory Schouten
When Ed Beilouny bought property at the southwest corner of Massachusetts and College avenues in 1977, many of his friends and family members thought he was crazy. The neighborhood wasn't much to look at. In the eyes of some, it was downright dangerous. But Beilouny, who was born in New York, had a vision that would take 30 years to develop. The land is now home to the flagship building of Beilouny Luxury Properties, a privately held company that has...
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Inventory tax repeal still being hailed as good decision: Amid rising property taxes, economic development officials and brokers say taxing inventory was bad policyRestricted Content

August 13, 2007
Scott Olson
With the state in an uproar over soaring property taxes, some have wondered whether phasing out Indiana's business inventory tax was a good idea. The phase-out process began in 2002 before completely eliminating the inventory tax this year, taking with it roughly $380 million in tax revenue shared annually by local governments. Supporters of the move insist lawmakers made the right decision. And they say Indiana has become more attractive to business as a result. Marion County property-tax bills were...
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Class A towers paying B taxesRestricted Content

August 6, 2007
Cory Schouten
When it comes to advertising and marketing, the city's two tallest skyscrapers are Class A, all the way. But throw out that notion at tax time. The owners of Chase Tower and OneAmerica Tower--and some of the city's other large office buildings--have successfully lobbied for lower building "grades" that save them big bucks on property taxes.
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  1. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  2. If you only knew....

  3. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

  4. The facts contained in your post make your position so much more credible than those based on sheer emotion. Thanks for enlightening us.

  5. Please consider a couple of economic realities: First, retail is more consolidated now than it was when malls like this were built. There used to be many department stores. Now, in essence, there is one--Macy's. Right off, you've eliminated the need for multiple anchor stores in malls. And in-line retailers have consolidated or folded or have stopped building new stores because so much of their business is now online. The Limited, for example, Next, malls are closing all over the country, even some of the former gems are now derelict.Times change. And finally, as the income level of any particular area declines, so do the retail offerings. Sad, but true.

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