Real Estate & Retail

Airport's 104-acre land sale may not take off: Runways, private owners could hamper developmentRestricted Content

February 20, 2006
Tammy Lieber
As city and airport officials begin to develop a marketing strategy for 104 acres just north and east of the Indianapolis International Airport, they will likely focus on the land's best attributes: access to the airport, Interstate 465 and a rail line. Buyers will need to examine the fine print to learn why the land isn't likely to become a smaller version of the bustling Plainfield industrial and retail areas to the west. Chief among those less-than-desirable features: The land...
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Buckingham makes big plans for Carmel: Developer awaits OK on 116-acre urbanist developmentRestricted Content

February 20, 2006
Scott Olson
The makeover of midtown Carmel, driven by the ambitious City Center master plan, could get a boost from a nearby development that could rival the project in scope. Local real-estate developer Buckingham Properties will present its proposal to the Carmel Plan Commission Feb. 21 to transform the 1960s-era Mohawk Hills apartment complex and its golf course into a modern urbanist neighborhood. The development, called Gramercy, could take a decade and hundreds of millions of dollars to complete. The 116-acre tract...
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North Binford district looks for shot of development: Area hopes to rebound from surprising business slumpRestricted Content

February 20, 2006
Tracy Donhardt
There are 22,200 households within a five-minute drive of 71st Street and Binford Boulevard, according to a recent market study. The median income inside those homes tops $53,000, about 16 percent higher than the U.S. median income. Despite those favorable demographics, area retail establishments and businesses have been dwindling. On the southeast corner of 71st and Binford, for example, there once existed a Preston-Safeway grocery store, an Osco drugstore, a Great Clips hair salon, a pizza parlor, a printing shop,...
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: Tenants-in-common pacts grow as investment vehicleRestricted Content

February 20, 2006
Michael A.
The real estate boom has created vast amounts of wealth for investors nationwide. As those investors seek to capitalize on that appreciation by selling properties, they will often reinvest in other real estate in order to delay the related tax bill through a likekind exchange. Internal Revenue Code Section 1031 allows taxpayers to defer income taxes on the sale of property if the proceeds are reinvested in similar or "like-kind" property. In the case of real estate, nearly all real...
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New FBI facility: tough case to crack: Government struggling to find site to build field office for bureauRestricted Content

February 20, 2006
Tammy Lieber
The highly-sought-after job of developing a new building for the FBI's Indianapolis field office is still in play, but it's hampered by the federal government's inability to find a site for the building. A bevy of local and national developers are expected to throw their hats in the ring to develop the building, which the Government Services Agency says needs to be 110,000 square feet. For the winner, it would be a high-profile project and one of the more significant...
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BEHIND THE NEWS: Consumer spending spree gives spark to Simon stockRestricted Content

February 13, 2006
Greg Andrews
It's becoming almost ho-hum for Simon Property Group Inc. Another year, another round of eye-popping returns for the company's shareholders. The Indianapolis-based mall owner, by far the nation's biggest real estate investment trust, just closed the book on 2005, a year when funds from operations-a key measure of REIT performance-zipped up another 13 percent. Simon shares last year rose 18 percent. Including reinvested dividends, the stock in 2005 returned 23 percent. It was the fifth year in a row the...
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City's cultural districts take artful approach: Five areas use $250,000 in grants on original public art projectsRestricted Content

February 13, 2006
Matthew Kish
Two wall-size murals now welcome people to Massachusetts Avenue. An abstract sculpture that looks like an Alexander Calder tribute sits on a bridge in the Canal District. A towering blue and green obelisk marks the north end of Broad Ripple on College Avenue. The works aren't part of an elaborate conspiracy by a renegade public artist. They're the result of two years of careful planning by the city's Cultural Development Commission. In 2003, the commission designated five areas of the...
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Developer casts eye beyond downtown: New company led by Brian Knapp to look beyond condos in metro areaRestricted Content

February 13, 2006
Tammy Lieber
A former Simon Property Group Inc. executive known in recent years for downtown condominium developments is launching a new development company that puts him closer to his retail roots. Brian F. Knapp, president of Dinmont Development LLC, recently created Diverse Development Co. LLC to focus on real estate beyond downtown's borders. He'll continue to serve as Dinmont's president at least until its current projects are completed. Those projects, both joint ventures with locally based Hearthview Residential Inc., are the 40-unit...
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Omni Severin seeks lot for expansion: Downtown parking garage, grand ballroom on drawing boardRestricted Content

February 13, 2006
Matthew Kish
The Omni Severin Hotel has confirmed it's negotiating to buy the surface parking lot immediately east of the hotel, which it wants to redevelop into a parking garage capped by a 12,000-square-foot ballroom. Tourism officials love the idea, but some parking lot managers say it's unnecessary. "We're buying it for a reason," said Chris Ratay, the hotel's area director of sales and marketing. "This would allow us to have our own parking facility." Today, the hotel's valets run across the...
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Ex-Winona owner under fire: Leland Medical Centers CEO faces fraud accusations, questions about his own bankruptcyRestricted Content

February 13, 2006
Tom Murphy
Accusations of fraud and other misconduct are piling up against the former owner of Winona Memorial Hospital. Two companies recently joined Winona's creditors in questioning money transfers made by Texasbased Leland Medical Centers Inc., which owned the nowdefunct Indianapolis hospital from 2002 until a short time before it closed in 2004. Meanwhile, lawyers sorting through the liquidation of Winona still have no explanation for why Leland took $3.6 million from the struggling Indianapolis hospital before it slid into bankruptcy and...
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CHRIS KATTERJOHN The case of the missing passport Commentary:Restricted Content

February 6, 2006
Friday, 7:30 a.m.: I arrive at Indianapolis International Airport for a 9:01 a.m. flight to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where I'll be attending a conference, and realize I have left my passport at home. I ask myself, "How could I be so stupid?" Friday, 7:35 a.m.: I check in at the American Airlines ticket desk, then call my brother, who is already at work. I ask him for a "huge favor," whereupon he leaves work, goes to my house to retrieve...
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Compensation takes stage in state leasing contracts: Meridian Asset, Resource to cap fees on state leasesRestricted Content

February 6, 2006
Tammy Lieber
New contracts between the state of Indiana and two local commercial real estate brokerages signal the beginning of an overhaul of how the state handles its real estate. Resource Commercial Real Estate and Meridian Asset Development will, at least for the next year, broker leases on behalf of the state. State agencies pay nearly $40 million each year to lease space in nearly every county. In many cases, agencies or the Indiana Department of Administration handle leasing duties, but IDOA...
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ABDUL-HAKIM SHABAZZ: Indy Works, part deux (the sequel)Restricted Content

February 6, 2006
As someone who enjoys a good film, I always worry when Hollywood tries to produce a sequel. The producers figure they raked in millions on an idea, so they run it again and again until it's run into the ground. Mayor Bart Peterson is hoping to pass Indianapolis Works '06 through the Indiana General Assembly this session. How successful will this sequel be? Let's look at all the players and find out. Last session, GOP lawmakers gave the mayor police...
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IPOs take minor dip in 2005: Analysts stay optimistic; 3 Indiana companies set to go public in early '06Restricted Content

January 30, 2006
Scott Olson
Three Indiana companies took the plunge to go public last year, two less than the number that did so in 2004. The state's slight dip in initial public offerings mirrors the slump in activity nationally. But Indiana appears to be off to a fast start for 2006. Three other Hoosier companies filed to go public late last year, but had yet to complete their IPOs by year's end. Overall, the number of companies that went public on the major U.S....
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SPORTS: Crazy-with-grief Colts fans, you're now on the airRestricted Content

January 30, 2006
Bill Benner
Welcome to WIBJ Radio. I'm Beebee, your host of "Sports Geeks." Our first caller is Fred from Franklin. Fred? Beebs, man, here's how we handle those low-life, stomp-onour-hearts, marshmallow-soft Indianapolis Colts. We take their new stadium away. I mean, they are not worthy. So until they reach the Super Bowl, I say keep 'em in the Dome. Fred, what do we do with that big hole? Fill it in with water so the bean company can have beachfront property. Let's...
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Appliance biz heads north: Clark to open Castleton store, compete with H.H. Gregg Fine Lines for high-end customersRestricted Content

January 30, 2006
Matthew Kish
The high-end appliance retailer Clark Appliance Showcase will open a store practically in the back yard of its closest competitor in early March. Does the move signal a turf battle between two local retailers that cater to homeowners willing to pay luxury car prices for a kitchen? Not really. The local market for products such as $10,000 Viking ranges is growing so fast that executives at Clark and H.H. Gregg think there's room for both on the northeast side. "It's...
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Busy year, but no record: A Wellpoint deal leads list for second year in row, but 2005 lacks blockbusterRestricted Content

January 30, 2006
Peter Schnitzler
For the second year in a row, a giant Wellpoint deal led the pack. As much money was involved in Wellpoint's $6.7 billion acquisition of WellChoice Inc. as in the rest of the list combined. It was a huge deal by most any company's standard-except Wellpoint's. The year before, Wellpoint's $22.7 billion merger with Anthem Inc. led all deals and then some. Thanks to that single mega-deal, 2004's $31 billion list total shattered all previous local merger and acquisition records....
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BEHIND THE NEWS: Call puts Smulyan on spot; fellow execs know feelingRestricted Content

January 30, 2006
Greg Andrews
Emmis Communications Corp. didn't have the best news to report when it rolled out fiscal third-quarter financial results Jan. 9. Expect radio revenue next quarter to increase just 1 percent to 2 percent, the company said, even as expenses climb more than 5 percent. Then, on the investor conference call that followed, Wachovia Securities analyst Marci Ryvicker didn't think CEO Jeff Smulyan was his regular, upbeat self. "Jeff, your tone is less optimistic than it's usually been," she said on...
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: Americans' spending binge is ultimately unsustainableRestricted Content

January 30, 2006
Patrick Barkey
Americans don't save much these days. Twenty years ago, our 9-percent rate of savings was troubling and somewhat embarrassing, compared with the double-digit savings rates of other industrialized economies. But that rate seems sky-high compared with today. If savings rates remain as low as they've been the last few months, we may have to rename them. Dis-saving rates? It's an odd-sounding word, if it even is one. But what else do you call a negative savings rate? According to the...
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BEHIND THE NEWS: Call puts Smulyan on spot; fellow execs know feelingRestricted Content

January 23, 2006
Greg Andrews
Emmis Communications Corp. didn't have the best news to report when it rolled out fiscal third-quarter financial results Jan. 9. Expect radio revenue next quarter to increase just 1 percent to 2 percent, the company said, even as expenses climb more than 5 percent. Then, on the investor conference call that followed, Wachovia Securities analyst Marci Ryvicker didn't think CEO Jeff Smulyan was his regular, upbeat self. "Jeff, your tone is less optimistic than it's usually been," she said on...
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Busy year, but no record: A Wellpoint deal leads list for second year in row, but 2005 lacks blockbusterRestricted Content

January 23, 2006
Peter Schnitzler
For the second year in a row, a giant Wellpoint deal led the pack. As much money was involved in Wellpoint's $6.7 billion acquisition of WellChoice Inc. as in the rest of the list combined. It was a huge deal by most any company's standard-except Wellpoint's. The year before, Wellpoint's $22.7 billion merger with Anthem Inc. led all deals and then some. Thanks to that single mega-deal, 2004's $31 billion list total shattered all previous local merger and acquisition records....
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SPORTS: Crazy-with-grief Colts fans, you're now on the airRestricted Content

January 23, 2006
Bill Benner
Welcome to WIBJ Radio. I'm Beebee, your host of "Sports Geeks." Our first caller is Fred from Franklin. Fred? Beebs, man, here's how we handle those low-life, stomp-onour-hearts, marshmallow-soft Indianapolis Colts. We take their new stadium away. I mean, they are not worthy. So until they reach the Super Bowl, I say keep 'em in the Dome. Fred, what do we do with that big hole? Fill it in with water so the bean company can have beachfront property. Let's...
More

ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: Americans' spending binge is ultimately unsustainableRestricted Content

January 23, 2006
Patrick Barkey
Americans don't save much these days. Twenty years ago, our 9-percent rate of savings was troubling and somewhat embarrassing, compared with the double-digit savings rates of other industrialized economies. But that rate seems sky-high compared with today. If savings rates remain as low as they've been the last few months, we may have to rename them. Dis-saving rates? It's an odd-sounding word, if it even is one. But what else do you call a negative savings rate? According to the...
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IPOs take minor dip in 2005: Analysts stay optimistic; 3 Indiana companies set to go public in early '06Restricted Content

January 23, 2006
Scott Olson
Three Indiana companies took the plunge to go public last year, two less than the number that did so in 2004. The state's slight dip in initial public offerings mirrors the slump in activity nationally. But Indiana appears to be off to a fast start for 2006. Three other Hoosier companies filed to go public late last year, but had yet to complete their IPOs by year's end. Overall, the number of companies that went public on the major U.S....
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Appliance biz heads north: Clark to open Castleton store, compete with H.H. Gregg Fine Lines for high-end customersRestricted Content

January 23, 2006
Matthew Kish
The high-end appliance retailer Clark Appliance Showcase will open a store practically in the back yard of its closest competitor in early March. Does the move signal a turf battle between two local retailers that cater to homeowners willing to pay luxury car prices for a kitchen? Not really. The local market for products such as $10,000 Viking ranges is growing so fast that executives at Clark and H.H. Gregg think there's room for both on the northeast side. "It's...
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