Residential Real Estate

Butler to build new residence hall, parking garage

July 11, 2014
Scott Olson
The projects are part of a larger plan to add more student housing, possibly construct a larger facility to house the university's business school and renovate existing academic buildings.
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Carmel developer sinks $66M into four senior communities

July 8, 2014
Scott Olson
Leo Brown Group opened two facilities in Indianapolis and Avon in June, and has started construction on two similar projects in Ohio and Kentucky.
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Multifamily projects abound in Chatham Arch, Lockerbie

July 8, 2014
Scott Olson
The four projects, one of them condominiums, would add nearly 280 units within about a four-block stretch from East Michigan Street north to Massachusetts Avenue.
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Home buyer tastes have shifted since housing bust

June 28, 2014
Scott Olson
Old standbys are have been replaced by new features and colors. The changes range from rooms to styles.
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Mansion restoration is dream come true for new owners

June 28, 2014
Sam Stall
David and Alice Berger have sank more than five years of effort into bringing the former Lacy property back to its industrial era grandeur.
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At-Home Quarterly Marketplace

June 28, 2014
See the prices Indianapolis-area houses are selling for along with the most expensive recent sale, and a map of where people born out of state are most likely to live.
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Democrats want more cops living in tough neighborhoods

June 25, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
A proposal unveiled today would allow officers to live rent-free in new or refurbished houses and then allow the officers to buy the homes.
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Sales of U.S. existing homes up 4.9 percent in May

June 23, 2014
Associated Press
Sales of previously owned U.S. homes posted the best monthly gain in nearly three years in May, providing hope that housing is beginning to regain momentum lost over the past year.
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Cottage Home neighborhood attracts another single-family housing project

June 21, 2014
Scott Olson
A local developer plans to build 14 houses in the up-and-coming neighborhood as part of a project that could include a two-story mixed-use development along East 10th Street.
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Estate in rural Indiana priced at $8M could be tough sell

June 17, 2014
Associated Press
Carriage Manor Estate is like one of those houses you see on TV shows documenting the high life of the rich and famous — except it's not located in Beverly Hills, New York or even Indianapolis.
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Area home-construction permit filings flatten out

June 17, 2014
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Homebuilders filed 530 single-family building permits in the metro area in May. That’s exactly the same number of permits that were filed in May 2013. Local construction numbers were better than national figures.
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Existing home sales continue dismaying trend

June 16, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Figures for May add to evidence that about 14 percent fewer homes are selling this year in the nine-county area compared with the same point in 2013. But sale prices still are on the rise.
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Remodelings might await boomers wanting to stay in their homes

June 14, 2014
Norm Heikens
Many homes will be difficult for aging boomers to navigate without changing doors, bathrooms, hallways and kitchens.
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Tiny Sheridan girds for inevitable growth

June 7, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The tiny Hamilton County community is mindful of sprawl in Carmel and Fishers, and is determined to absorb growth on its own terms.
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Housing developer hopes farm hooks new residents

June 7, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A growing number of housing developers thinks farms, rather than golf clubs, are the perfect hook to lure residents. The first to experiment with the concept in central Indiana is Mike Higbee of Central Greens LLC, with his Seven Steeples Farm on the site of the old Central State Hospital.
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Herman & Kittle plans $28M downtown apartment project

June 3, 2014
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis developer plans to build 211 units at the southeast corner of College and Maryland Street. Meanwhile, the owner of a building across the street that last housed a sporting goods store is accepting bids on the property.
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Council to consider citywide landlord registry

June 2, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis landlords would have to register with the city by Jan. 1 or face a $500 fine under a proposal that will be introduced to the City-County Council on Monday night.
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Pedcor angling for $16M subsidy for City Center expansion

May 31, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Preliminary plans call for starting work on a parking garage and as many as three mixed-use buildings this fall, with another half-dozen projects in the pipeline.
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Indiana cities getting money to fight urban blight

May 27, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Indianapolis, Lawrence, Gary and two other Indiana cities have received a total of about $15 million to help eliminate blighted and abandoned homes.
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Former real estate broker faces felony charges

May 21, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The Marion County prosecutor’s office said David Garden was charged with corrupt business influence, 11 counts of forgery and 15 counts of theft.
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Aging suburbs facing long road backRestricted Content

May 17, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Poverty is encroaching on the outer townships of Marion County, adding to their handicap in the competition with doughnut counties, where houses are newer, and sidewalks, sewer connections and bike paths come standard.
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Carmel selling vacant land in Old Town neighborhood

May 14, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The Carmel Redevelopment Commission is accepting offers for an undeveloped parcel of land in the city's resurgent Old Town neighborhood, near a planned expansion of a popular subdivision.
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Existing-home sales sink for eighth straight month

May 14, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Home-sale agreements dropped nearly 20 percent in the nine-county Indianapolis area in April. Home prices continued to rise as inventories shrank.
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Homebuilders see third straight month of rising demand

May 14, 2014
On a year-over-year basis, home-construction permit filings in the nine-county area have risen in 13 of the last 16 months.
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Luxury Clearwater apartment complex on market

May 13, 2014
Scott Olson
82 Flats, which opened last year and is 95-percent occupied, could fetch $35 million for its developer, Cityscape Residential, formerly known as Hearthview Residential.
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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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