Real Estate & Retail

BEHIND THE NEWS: Brothers who built ticket broker now battlingRestricted Content

May 2, 2005
Greg Andrews
The Kinnett brothers formed Front Row Tickets Inc. 16 years ago, and together they built it into one of the city's largest ticket brokerages. That success, how- fueled acrimony. Kyle ever, now has Kinnett, 35, has sued his 50-50 partner Scott, 36, and is asking a judge to appoint a receiver to oversee the business until it's sold. "Serious differences have arisen between Kyle and Scott concerning the conduct and management of the business," leaving them deadlocked, according to the...
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Experts see improving market: Higher occupancy rates, more construction projects mean good news for landlords, developersRestricted Content

April 25, 2005
IBJ: Is your sector of the construction or real estate industry better or worse off than a year ago and why? BURK: Overall, I think the Indianapolis office market is better off than it was a year ago. The occupancy rate for the 29-million-plus square feet of multitenant office properties in the market increased by about 2 percent last year, to 82.5 percent. There was positive net absorption of about 600,000 square feet, most of which occurred in the suburbs....
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Kite's plan sparking controversy: Condos near Fashion Mall likely to face 'battle royal'Restricted Content

April 25, 2005
Tammy Lieber
A partnership headed by Paul Kite has ambitious plans for a mixed-use development featuring midrise condominium towers and retail space on the last undeveloped corner of 86th Street and Keystone Avenue. A proposal from PK Capital LLC, Kite's partnership, calls for more than 180 condos and about 60,000 square feet of retail space on the north side of 86th Street between Haverstick Road and Keystone Avenue. The 10-acre property lies just south of Our Lady of Peace Cemetery and a...
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Massive retail project on tee: Britton Golf Course buyers plan 85-acre development that could rival Clay TerraceRestricted Content

April 25, 2005
Scott Olson
The development group that invested $16 million to buy Britton Golf Course in Fishers is pressing forward with its plan to convert the property into a retail center that would rival Clay Terrace in Carmel. The purchase earlier this month, following Fishers Town Council approval, represents the first significant real estate project for the group of local investors formed under the Britton Park Development LLC name. Bordering State Road 37 and East 131st Street, the 104-acre golf course is the...
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Michigan Road project features upscale shops: Smaller version of Café Patachou planned for propertyRestricted Content

April 25, 2005
Scott Olson
Developers of a small parcel of property on the northwest side are creating a courtyard of quaint shops that will feature an offshoot of the Café Patachou boutique restaurant. Daniel Altman and his wife, Colleen, bought the piece of land at the corner of 51st Street and Michigan Road last year and opened the upscale Catalpa Antiques & Objects in the historic home that sits on the property. Once completed, the Catalpa Place development will include five shops within a...
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With cash tight, ATA trading new planes for old: Smaller version of 737 can be loaded and unloaded more quickly, allowing for more flights per dayRestricted Content

April 18, 2005
Chris O\'malley
Plans by ATA Holdings Corp. to slash its number of aircraft by nearly half include replacing its sleek, new jets with smaller, older Boeing 737s that can fly more trips daily, generating more cash than the larger planes that now dominate its fleet. The Indianapolis-based parent of ATA Airlines wants to lease a dozen 737-300s and 737-500s-relatively stubby planes that date as far back as 1984. Meanwhile, ATA is returning 18 of the 33 Boeing 737-800s it had at the...
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Kite Realty ponders future of Glendale: Mall's lackluster performance could lead to overhaul, saleRestricted Content

April 18, 2005
Tammy Lieber
Locally based Kite Realty Group Trust is exploring selling or redeveloping Glendale Mall, the company said in its annual 10-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Those are among "several strategic alternatives" Kite is considering for the north-side shopping center, according to the March 30 filing, the most definitive acknowledgement by Kite to date that its redevelopment of Glendale in 2000 never fully took wing. Kite bought the mall in 1999 for $20 million and sunk another $11...
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CHRIS KATTERJOHN Commentary: Be yourself-maximize your assetsRestricted Content

April 18, 2005
Be who you are. Conversely, don't try to be somebody you're not. Focus on what you do best, and you'll succeed. When we think of people who excel at anything ... Joshua Bell playing the violin, Reggie Miller shooting three-pointers, Dr. Lawrence Einhorn treating cancer ... we understand they have achieved their success by focusing on their God-given talents, developing them, and practicing, practicing, practicing. Communities are much the same, though the philosophy could be amended to read a more...
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New owner brings hope for Eastgate property: Demolition would pave way for redevelopmentRestricted Content

April 11, 2005
Tammy Lieber
Every end is a beginning, the proverb goes. Accordingly, the probable demolition of nearly vacant Eastgate Mall by new owners JTL Capital LLC isn't causing much heartbreak among city officials and east-side residents. "I was thrilled to hear they plan to demolish [Eastgate]," said Ruth Ann Walker, a member of the Warren Township Development Commission. "It opens that parcel up for bigger and better things." What that might be isn't yet clear, and Dallas-based JTL so far has divulged little...
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The challenge of change: Switching hotel flags can be hard work, but operators say new brands pay offRestricted Content

April 4, 2005
Scott Olson
As general manager of the new Hilton Indianapolis North, Mark Deinhart has a lot on his plate these days. But the hefty portions include more than his duties supervising the hotel's revamped restaurant as part of a $5 million renovation. The former Omni North Hotel on Shadeland Avenue near Interstate 69 converted to the Hilton brand after Norwalk, Conn.-based HEI Hospitality bought it last August. The flag change came with the renovation on the side, making the switch to a...
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BEHIND THE NEWS: Conseco cloud follows Cuneo to Duke Realty J&J dangles big dollarsRestricted Content

April 4, 2005
Greg Andrews
Conseco Inc. is suing former executive Ngaire Cuneo to try to collect $65 million it says she owes under the company's disastrous loan program. Worse, a federal judge last summer said the explanation she gave in court for buying a $10 million home in the debtor's haven of Florida was "not at all credible." "It appears to the court that the transactions were carried out primarily for the purpose of defeating a creditor," federal Judge David Hamilton said last June,...
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King Memorial Park area readies for redevelopment: Local contractor wants to build 50 homes in near-north-side neighborhoodRestricted Content

April 4, 2005
Tammy Lieber
A local investment firm hoping to capitalize on a resurgent near-north side is planning a 50-home, privately funded redevelopment project in the blocks surrounding Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park. Homevestors LLC, led by husband and wife Jerry and Carole Jaquess, has applied for city approval to build 50 single-family homes between 16th and 22nd streets just south of Fall Creek Place. "It's the next logical area" for redevelopment, said Jerry Jaquess, a general contractor. Jaquess' partnership is not affiliated...
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Y&L moving HQ to school: Ad firm to leave Massachusetts Avenue for renovated IPS building in LockerbieRestricted Content

April 4, 2005
Tammy Lieber
Advertising agency Young & Laramore is putting its highprofile Massachusetts Avenue building up for sale as it prepares to buy and occupy a former school building in Lockerbie Square. Y&L is listing its 17,000-square-foot building at 409 Massachusetts Ave. for $1.6 million, said Paul Knapp, the firm's CEO. The building includes 4,000 square feet of storage space in the basement, leaving about 13,000 square feet as usable office space, Knapp said. The agency is leaving its headquarters behind after 15...
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BULLS & BEARS: Understanding the effect of increasing interest ratesRestricted Content

March 28, 2005
Ken Skarbeck
Interest rates are a major variable in the evaluation of any investment, whether it's stocks, bonds, real estate ... you name it. As interest rates change, they alter the value of all financial assets. Simple mathematics shows that, as interest rates rise, the present value of a dollar to be received tomorrow is worth less to an investor today. Thus, when interest rates rise, the prices of all investments move down in value. And conversely, when interest rates fall, investment...
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: New tax law provides significant deductions for industry Contractors, architects, engineers stand to benefit For example Replacement legislation Another exampleRestricted Content

March 28, 2005
Kenneth J.
A new tax break known as the "Production Deduction" was signed into law by President Bush late last year and is effective for years beginning after Dec. 31, 2004. Construction contractors and engineers and architects involved in construction projects can benefit from this important new tax deduction. Upon announcement, the legislation raised many issues, and the IRS recently issued guidance to clarify them. For 2005 and 2006, the deduction is equal to the lesser of 3 percent of the taxpayer's...
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Purdue ousts biz guru: Director fired amid shakeup of high-profile tech incubatorRestricted Content

March 28, 2005
Peter Schnitzler
The billboards read "Go Businessmakers," but the yellow flag is up. Purdue University is reorganizing its primary program to assist high-tech startups and has fired the director. Part of Purdue's nationally recognized effort to transform raw university research into viable businesses, the Gateways Program had been managed since October 1998 by Sam Florance, a former investment banker and management consultant. Purdue closed Gateways and eliminated Florance's position on March 14, IBJ has learned. On March 18, Joseph B. Hornett, senior...
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Indiana State Bar Association embraces construction: Organization starts Construction and Surety Law section to help lawyers who work in building-related fieldsRestricted Content

March 28, 2005
Ed Callahan
A new section of the Indiana State Bar Association is a little out of the ordinary. The Construction and Surety Law section, which went into operation last fall, focuses on a specific industry instead of a specialized area of the legal practice, such as liability or contract law. This approach is pretty uncommon for state bar associations, Indiana State Bar Association officials said. "This section represents the cutting edge for bar membership," said Section Vice Chairman David J. Theising, a...
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Barton House awaits renovation: Former nursing home to become housingRestricted Content

March 21, 2005
Tammy Lieber
A long-vacant downtown nursing home is about to find new life as affordable housing. The Indiana division of the Salvation Army plans to convert the Barton House on the northeast corner of Delaware and Michigan streets into 30 apartments for lowincome families and space for some of the organization's programs. The Salvation Army purchased Barton House and Carpenter apartments, its neighbor to the east, for about $500,000 each in late 1999, said Maj. Dennis Strissel, the Salvation Army's divisional commander...
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GIZMOS: High-tech watch keeps information at your fingertipsRestricted Content

March 7, 2005
Michael Downey
The idea of a portable device to indicate the time of day is nothing new in the world of technology. Watches of various forms have been around for years. However, it's only been in the last 30 years or so that modern technology has changed the face-literally-of telling time. Since the days of the original Pulsar LED digital watches (think red calculator digits) in the early 1970s, watch manufacturers have tried to appeal to technology's early adopters by adding functionality...
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Bye-bye Big Apple, hello Indy: Young entrepreneurs opt to open firms hereRestricted Content

February 28, 2005
Scott Olson
Two Hoosier natives are back home in Indiana to start neighboring businesses on Fort Wayne Avenue, no less. The world travelers-separated in age by just a year-spent significant time in New York City but only met within the past six months. With similar stories to tell about why they chose to return to Indianapolis, and impressed with the city's vibrant downtown that had blossomed while they were away, the two opted to take the plunge together. Both say they're not...
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BEHIND THE NEWS: Mergers may shake up Simon's department-store mix Last supperRestricted Content

February 28, 2005
Greg Andrews
Big changes are brewing at the department-store chains that anchor Simon Property Group Inc.'s shopping malls in Indianapolis and across the nation. That may be good news for the company's strong malls but bad news for its weak ones. The Wall Street Journal says Cincinnatibased Federated Department Stores Inc., parent of Lazarus-Macy's, has rekindled negotiations to buy St. Louis-based May Department Stores, the underperforming parent of L.S. Ayres. Such a deal would be the latest in a string of shakeups...
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FAMILY BUSINESS: Consider having lawyer audit your business Small doses of advice from all of the professionals you consult with can prevent serious problems in the futureRestricted Content

February 28, 2005
Eric Manterfield
Many family business owners view their lawyer as a necessary evil. It's almost as though we carry some deadly disease; call your lawyer only when the life of your business depends on it! But just as physicians have learned to control smallpox with small doses of vac cine, administered over time, the owners of a family business can also use regular doses of lawyers and other advisers to minimize the risks of the many problems that can put your business...
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Johnson County gets major gated community: Development planned next to The Legends golf courseRestricted Content

February 28, 2005
Anthony Schoettle
Johnson County is set to get its first major gated housing development, and The Legends of Indiana golf course-coowned by former Indiana University basketball coach Bob Knight-should reap a much-needed financial boost. Construction on the $35 million project on 35 acres in Franklin is set to begin this spring. The project, consisting of 144 homes and condominiums, will be constructed between the front nine and the back nine of The Legends' Jim Fasiodesigned championship course. There will be 38 single-family...
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Mortgage industry waking up to fraud: Collaboration increasing to combat illegal schemes Flipped outRestricted Content

February 28, 2005
When the U.S. Attorney's Office in late January announced a 101-count indictment in a mortgage fraud scheme, it closed a year-long investigation into a ring that involved 10 people and 43 houses in Indianapolis, Marion and Fairmount. For the individuals involved, the indictments could bring prison time and hefty fines. But for the bank that loaned money on the houses, the scheme signaled the end of the road. The lender, Louisville-based First Bank Inc., struggled during 2003 and 2004 to...
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BULLS & BEARS: Rebalancing a portfolio requires careful thoughtRestricted Content

February 28, 2005
Ken Skarbeck
To finish the examination of asset allocation practices in the investment industry, consider the strategy called "portfolio rebalancing." To refresh the understanding of asset allocation, think of an investment portfolio as being depicted by a pie chart. The various slices of the pie represent the percentage of the portfolio (money) an investor has allocated to each asset class. Examples of asset classes include largecompany stocks, small companies, international stocks, real estate investment trusts and fixed-income instruments. An adviser may recommend...
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