Real Estate & Retail

Atlas draws Fresh interest: Upscale grocery chain with a store in Carmel considers local expansionRestricted Content

April 10, 2006
Matthew Kish
North Carolina-based The Fresh Market Inc. has confirmed it's interested in the former Atlas Supermarket site at 54th Street and College Avenue. "We are looking at expanding in that area and we're looking at a lot of sites," said spokesman Eric Blaesing. "[The Atlas site] is one of them." He added that nothing is definite and "for every 100 sites you look at, you end up with one of them." N e i g h b o r s hope...
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Single women opt for owning homes: Marriage and home ownership aren't always synonymousRestricted Content

April 10, 2006
Ed Callahan
Apparently, Dorothy's still right. There is no place like home, particularly if you are a single woman with good credit. Single women now are significant players in the real estate market. In fact, one out of every five homebuyers nationwide in 2004 was a single woman-and locally the percentage is even higher. According to a 2004 study by the Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of Realtors, almost 25 percent of homebuyers in the area were single women. The national figure, compiled by...
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Amli selling-off its local apartments: Sale to Morgan Stanley prompts real estate firm to unload 6 multimillion-dollar complexesRestricted Content

April 3, 2006
Tammy Lieber
One of the biggest owners of Indianapolis apartment complexes will soon be all but erased from the landscape, as Chicago-based Amli Residential Properties LP prepares to sell six of its seven properties. Two of the complexes, Amli at Lake Clearwater and Amli at Castle Creek, have already traded hands. Louisville-based NTS Realty Holdings LP in late March purchased both properties for $50 million, a slight discount from Amli's asking price. Amli at Old Town Carmel, a mixed-use project that includes...
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Indiana Avenue looks for revival: Cultural plan: stresses retail, residential growth, and a possible extensionRestricted Content

April 3, 2006
Scott Olson
Indiana Avenue looks for revival Cultural plan stresses retail, residential growth, and a possible extension Indiana Avenue's glory days as a haven for black-owned businesses and vibrant nightclubs exists only in the history books. But a plan to revitalize the city's newest cultural district could restore some of the luster. City leaders completed the blueprint for redevelopment early this year and now are in the early stages of executing a plan that organizers say could take 20 years to play...
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Colossal hotel pitched: $250M project features water park, 1,350 roomsRestricted Content

April 3, 2006
Greg Andrews
A development team this week plans to submit a proposal to the city to build a $250 million, 1,350-room hotel complex downtown on a site where a 235-room Courtyard by Marriott now stands. The project, just south of the entrance to White River State Park, would include a convention hotel with ballrooms; three smaller, more limited-service hotels; an indoor water park; and a 1,200-space underground parking garage. At 800 rooms, the convention hotel by itself would rank as the city's...
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National City Center to get $11 million facelift: Projects include new Starbucks and restaurantRestricted Content

April 3, 2006
Matthew Kish
National City Center and anchor tenant Hyatt Regency Indianapolis plan to pump more than $11 million into the aging, 16-story building to boost its competitiveness with other downtown towers. The plans might grow to include connecting the building to the Artsgarden at the corner of Washington and Illinois streets. The Hyatt Regency, which occupies a wing of the National City Center, plans an $8.5 million renovation that will include the addition of 10,000 square feet of meeting space, a Starbucks...
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Shrinking neighborhood in path of Lilly's progress: Drugmaker offers to buy rest of Little Valley homesRestricted Content

April 3, 2006
Tammy Lieber
It's called Lilly Valley for a reason. The official name of the modest neighborhood on the near-southwest side is Little Valley, but many people call it by the name of the pharmaceutical giant looming nearby. Eli Lilly and Co. has been gnawing away at the neighborhood south of Morris Street for several years to accommodate expansion at Lilly Technology Center just to the west along Kentucky Avenue. Now, Lilly is seeking city approval to take over more of the neighborhood,...
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Health care developers eye their next frontier: Northeast Hamilton County offers a lucrative marketRestricted Content

March 27, 2006
Tom Murphy
Chris Hamm's phone started buzzing with calls from health care developers once plans for an extension of 146th Street east to Interstate 69 crystallized a couple years ago. The Noblesville economic development director said several organizations have shown "significant interest" in planting health care businesses along 146th Street, which will see a big boost in traffic once workers complete the interstate connection in the fall of 2007. At least three health-care-related deals are in the works, he added, declining to...
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Steel Dynamics seeks part of former Olin site: Metal recycling operation would serve expanding Hendricks County millRestricted Content

March 27, 2006
Tammy Lieber
The site of the former Olin Brass factory on the near-west side might soon roar to life again if a plan to erect a metal recycling operation there comes through. A joint venture between Fort Waynebased Steel Dynamics Inc., Chicagobased Metal Management Inc. and local hauler Ray's Trash is seeking city approval to install a metal shredder and recycling operation on about 40 acres at Holt Road and Airport Expressway. The venture, called Metal Dynamics LLC, would accept scrap metal...
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: Mediocre planning efforts don't invite people to stayRestricted Content

March 27, 2006
Don Altemeyer
Analysts say the housing market is slowing in Indianapolis and across the nation. Perhaps that's why three significant, real estate developments have attracted so much local media coverage recently. In one story, the City-County Council approved the development of 28 condos in Broad Ripple, despite strong resistance from the neighborhood association. Meanwhile, local planning councils easily approved two new developments-a subdivision on the far northeast side of town that will feature almost 2,000 homes and a large condominium complex in...
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BEHIND THE NEWS: Kite's quest to fix Glendale reverberates on Wall StreetRestricted Content

March 27, 2006
Greg Andrews
N o r t h - s i d e r s aren't alone in eagerly awaiting Glendale Mall's redevelopment plan. Wall Street is watching what happens next, too. Glendale is the largest of the 40 retail properties Indianapolis-based Kite Realty Group Trust operates. The North Keystone Avenue shopping mall collects annual rent of $2.5 million, representing more than 4 percent of the company's total. So what Kite will do with the ailing, 724,000-square-foot property was topic No. 1 last...
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Hearthview becomes church's reluctant savior: Developer chooses 'significant' financial hit over wrecking ballRestricted Content

January 1, 1900
Tammy Lieber
Condominium developer Hearthview Residential Inc. came out of a news conference this month looking like something of a hero for converting a former church at 802 N. Meridian St. into condos, but company officials must have been grinning through clenched teeth. Locally based Hearthview initially tried to demolish the 1905 structure, quietly seeking a demolition permit for the entire building. When the permit was discovered at the 11th hour by city and state historic preservation officials, the wheels were set...
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Mega-hotel on city agenda: Pan Am Plaza possible site for 800-room developmentRestricted Content

January 1, 1900
Matthew Kish
The city is looking for developers interested in adding 800 hotel rooms downtown, a project that could be accomplished by building a massive, new hotel or augmenting several existing facilities. Insiders say a new hotel is most likely. They picture it on Pan Am Plaza. If that happens, the hotel would become the city's largest-eclipsing the Indianapolis Marriott by almost 200 rooms. Ideally, the rooms would be available by 2010, when the wraps come off the expanded Indiana Convention Center....
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Breaking the glass ceiling: Despite gains, commercial real estate field still dominated by menRestricted Content

March 13, 2006
Cynthia A.
As a business student at IUPUI in the late 1980s, Jill M. Herron worked part-time as a leasing agent for a commercial real estate company to earn extra money. She had no idea that her parttime job would turn into a lifetime career. "I fell into it by accident," Herron said. "But I found I liked the diversity of the job, the opportunity to meet different types of people and the challenges of meeting a client's goals." Now a vice...
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You can take it to the bank: Financial experts say state's economy is rising, merger mania isn't over and regulatory laws could take a tollRestricted Content

March 13, 2006
On Feb. 24, IBJ Publisher Chris Katterjohn, Managing Editor Greg Andrews and banking reporter Matt Kish sat down with four leaders from Indianapolis' banking and finance sector: Judith Ripley, director of the Indiana Department of Financial Institutions; Kit Stolen, CEO of Union Federal Bank of Indianapolis; Steve Beck, president and CEO of the Indiana Venture Center; and Keith Slifer, senior vice president of LaSalle Bank. Among the topics of conversation: How's the state's economy doing? Are more bank mergers on...
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City gives MSA developers another extension: Slow winter for sales center prompts 90-day delayRestricted Content

March 13, 2006
Tammy Lieber
The developers of the former Market Square Arena site this month touted an expected August groundbreaking for their high-rise condominium project, but glossed over the 90-day extension to its agreement with the city that was required to make that possible. Developers of One Market Square a year ago negotiated an extension that gave them until May 1, 2006, to close on their purchase from the city of the first two acres of the four-acre site. In February, that deadline was...
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NOTIONS Bruce Hetrick: Yes, Mama, it's OK to let your baby study liberal artsRestricted Content

March 13, 2006
Bruce Hetrick is on vacation this week. In his absence,this column,which appeared on March 17, 2003, is being reprinted. Last summer, an Indiana University English professor sent me an e-mail. It said that she and her colleagues were creating a new course called "Careers in English." Its premise: One might do something with an English degree besides teach English. As they planned their curriculum, the instructors searched for an appropriate textbook. When they couldn't find one, they decided to create...
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How Family Friendly is: Duke Realty Corp.: Locally based, publicly traded, commercial real estate firmRestricted Content

March 13, 2006
Duke Realty Corp. Locally based, publicly traded, commercial real estate firm Flexible work arrangements Duke managers support flexible work arrangements whenever possible. Some associates work flexible hours, compressed workweeks, part-time schedules or take advantage of part-time telecommuting. Child care Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts are offered and allow associates to set aside money on a before-tax basis through payroll deductions to cover daycare expenses. Family leave/military leave Eligible associates may take FMLA leave up to 12 weeks. Employees can also...
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Landlord wants tenants who share NFP mission: Foundation will give priority to health-related charitiesRestricted Content

March 13, 2006
Jessica Wolfe
Indianapolis not-for-profits grappling with rising rents may soon have another option-leasing space from one of their own. Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis bought the former St. Mary's Catholic School in September and has undertaken $2.5 million in renovations expected to be complete by year-end. A diverse group of for-profit tenants-everyone from architects to violinmakers-already occupy about 80 percent of the 38,000-square-foot building at 429 E. Vermont St. But when the time comes to fill vacant space in The Academy, the...
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TAWN PARENT Commentary: Bill offers new hope for Main StreetRestricted Content

March 13, 2006
Recycling isn't just good for the environment. It's good for buildings, and ultimately for economic development. When the Disciples of Christ moved its international headquarters downtown from Irvington in 1995, it left behind a 121,000-square-foot structure built in 1910 that could easily have become a vacant eyesore in the east-side neighborhood. Instead, local developer Mansur Real Estate Services Inc. helped give it new life as Mission Apartments for seniors. That $6.5 million project might not have happened without the help...
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Bulls of the Fairways:Restricted Content

March 6, 2006
Matthew Kish
David Simon and Alan Cohen are outstanding golfers, among the best of all Indianapolis businessmen. The CEOs of Simon Property Group Inc. and Finish Line Inc. share something else in common: Their companies are top performers, with their stock prices more than dou-Professor sees link between golf scores, biz success bling in a little more than three years. Coincidence? Not according to Dan Dalton, golf aficionado and former dean of Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. "Business is like match...
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Insurers: Session a 'dog': Industry's favored bills bark up the wrong treeRestricted Content

March 6, 2006
Scott Olson
The state's insurance industry could use coverage for the lumps it has taken this legislative session. The three main issues of interest for the Insurance Institute of Indiana, the sector's lobbying arm, all flamed out early. The disappointing performance prompted Marty Wood, the organization's director of public affairs, to proclaim it a near failure. "I would give this session for insurers a 'D' as in dog. Dog is probably pretty accurate, too," Wood said. "Had we had this kind of...
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Ayres stores may be razed: Smaller shops likely replacements at Castleton, GreenwoodRestricted Content

March 6, 2006
Matthew Kish
Simon Property Group Inc. wants to take the wrecking ball to the soon-to-be-vacant L.S. Ayres stores at Castleton Square and Greenwood Park malls, clearing the way for development of a collection of smaller stores and restaurants, sources familiar with the plans say. "There have been numerous site plans circulated showing redevelopment with the existing structures removed," said Bill French, a local retail broker with St. Louis-based Colliers Turley Martin Tucker. Mark Perlstein, a partner with The Linder Co., an Indianapolis-based...
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: The fight to hire top talent: Do we have what it takes?Restricted Content

March 6, 2006
Patrick Barkey
Most cities have mayors, police chiefs and tax collectors. But suppose for a moment they each had an additional staff position as well-the recruiter. Like a basketball coach or a talent scout, these recruiters would scour the country, looking for talented people who would fit into the community and add to the economic base. And when they found one, they would make their pitch, touting their town's assets and strengths, and urging the recruit to relocate. The prospects, on the...
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Walker, Aprimo kick-start 2006 office leasing: Meridian corridor in Carmel remains hot spotRestricted Content

March 6, 2006
Tammy Lieber
A little more than two months into the new year, deals destined to be among the largest office leases of 2006 are coming together on the far-north side. Two big tenants are headed for speculative office buildings under construction by Duke Realty Corp. and Lauth Property Group Inc. Software maker Aprimo Inc. will nearly triple its office space at Duke's Parkwood Crossing when it moves into 42,400 square feet at Nine Parkwood at 96th Street and College Avenue. Aprimo, housed...
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