Real Estate & Retail

State to widen Interstate 65 south of Southport

March 31, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Greenwood-area commuters should have more breathing room on Interstate 65 after a highway-widening project planned by the Indiana Department of Transportation.
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Big tenant nearly completes tower's sudden comeback

March 31, 2014
Scott Olson
On the heels of signing Angie's List Inc. in downtown's Landmark Center, new owner Ambrose Property Group has inked a lease for the Christian Church-Disciples of Christ, helping to boost occupancy above 90 percent.
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1960 modern house was built for the age(s)Restricted Content

March 29, 2014
Sam Stall
Restoration evokes marveling over its trappings and construction to withstand the Atomic Age.
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Expensive homes selling quickly in Indianapolis areaRestricted Content

March 29, 2014
Pricier houses are vanishing from the market faster than less-expensive homes due to a temporary bottleneck caused by rising demand and a slow recovery by builders.
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Contractor spending $1.6M to move north of downtownRestricted Content

March 29, 2014
Construction manager and contractor Messer Construction Co. has purchased two adjoining vacant buildings on North Meridian Street south of Fall Creek Parkway and plans to move there from Shadeland Avenue.
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Buckingham rethinking plans for prime Zionsville siteRestricted Content

March 29, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Buckingham Cos. says it is still weighing options for a key property it controls in downtown Zionsville, but two nearby landowners are trying to sell their parcels after talks with the developer broke down.
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CEO of Simon spinoff to run company from D.C. perch

March 29, 2014
Greg Andrews
Simon Property’s decision to name the new business Washington Prime had fueled speculation the company would end up based in the D.C. area. However, that apparently is not the case.
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Banks see resurgence of home equity loansRestricted Content

March 29, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Although mortgage-refinancing applications are down, the product reviled and thought extinct after the 2008 housing crash that decimated property values may save the day for lenders: the home equity loan/line of credit.
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Shadeland Station shopping center bought for $9.5M

March 28, 2014
New York-based Time Equities Inc. acquired the northeast-side property that is anchored by a Marsh supermarket and 85-percent occupied.
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Finish Line reports rising quarterly, annual earnings

March 28, 2014
A jump in same-store sales and improvements to the sports-apparel retailer's website helped the company report a better-than-expected profit in its fiscal fourth quarter.
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Bloomington council backs Habitat neighborhood

March 27, 2014
Associated Press
The Bloomington City Council is giving permission to a Habitat for Humanity group to develop a neighborhood with 35 homes.
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Angie's List to take big chunk of Landmark Center

March 27, 2014
Chris O'Malley
The move into nearly 100,000 square feet of office space is intended to consolidate Angie's off-campus workers downtown. It's a boon to struggling Landmark Center, which has been hemorrhaging tenants.
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Noble Roman's awarded $1.5M in battle with franchisees

March 27, 2014
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based pizza chain is still waiting to collect after being locked in a years-long legal dispute over franchise agreements and royalties.
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'Architecturally significant' Cummins HQ likely won't scrape downtown skyline

March 26, 2014
Scott Olson
The engine maker's planned global distribution headquarters downtown will seem modest compared to a 28-story apartment complex slated for across Market Street, but the firm has a strong history of promoting breath-taking architecture.
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Cummins to build downtown office building for 400 workers

March 26, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The $30 million project, which will include ground-floor retail and a parking garage, will occupy the two remaining parcels of the former Market Square Arena site.
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Simon says court should dismiss CEO pay case

March 25, 2014
Bloomberg News
Simon Property Group told a Delaware judge on Tuesday that an investor lawsuit over David Simon's huge pay package should be thrown out now that the company has rewritten the compensation plan.
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Apartment owner jumps into office biz with south-side rehab

March 25, 2014
Scott Olson
Ardizzone Enterprises Inc. in Beech Grove is preparing to open a two-building, 63-suite office complex on U.S. 31 south of Interstate 465. The company has invested $4.2 million in the project.
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Columbus looks to sell factory of failed solar-panel maker

March 25, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Columbus officials will start accepting bids next month for the vacant Nusun Inc. facility in a city industrial park.
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Simon plucks in-house execs for spinoff firm

March 24, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Simon Property Group Inc. is reaching into its own stable of executives to stock the C-suite of its publicly traded spinoff for retail strip centers and smaller enclosed malls.
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Broadbent in mortgage dispute involving retail center

March 24, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The owner of Castleton Place, a shopping center in one of the city’s busiest retail areas, is the target of a $5 million foreclosure lawsuit by a lender that seeks to have the property placed in receivership.
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Revitalization taking root along East Washington StreetRestricted Content

March 22, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A collaboration of not-for-profit community development corporations, or CDCs, has released a plan targeting four sections of the street, from Interstate 65 to Sherman Drive, that could be transformed in the next five to seven years.
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Fresh idea: Specialty grocers finally eyeing south sideRestricted Content

March 22, 2014
Scott Olson
The south side is beginning to receive at least some attention from grocery players, including specialty ones that are much more prevalent to the north.
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Bold developer stirs up nursing-home businessRestricted Content

March 22, 2014
J.K. Wall
Zeke Turner, the 36-year-old CEO of Mainstreet Property Group LLC—who frequently sports a boyish grin and a bold-colored dress shirt, but rarely dons a tie—said he’s “just getting started” in transforming the staid nursing home industry.
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As lease expiration nears, Indians continue years of investment in Victory FieldRestricted Content

March 22, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
For almost 18 years, the Indianapolis Indians have poured tens of millions of dollars into Victory Field while the city has spent hardly a dime.
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Controversial Broad Ripple office project gets go-ahead

March 20, 2014
Scott Olson
Metropolitan Development Commission members this time voted to approve the project on North College Avenue after a bizarre procedural twist last time prompted a re-vote.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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