Residential Real Estate

Area residential building permits up in October

November 10, 2011
Scott Olson
Double-digit increases in permit filings the past three months have residential construction activity in the Indianapolis metropolitan area in position to surpass last year's pace.
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Buyers edging back into Indianapolis commercial real estateRestricted Content

November 5, 2011
Cory Schouten
Most buyers are bottom-fishers, investors looking for better returns or companies wanting their own building.
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Court case might roil not-for-profit tax rulesRestricted Content

November 5, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A Bartholomew County not-for-profit affordable housing development group is preparing to fight in Indiana Tax Court a denial of its property-tax exemption. The denial has put the organization $200,000 in debt and its rental homes in danger of tax foreclosure.
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City files nuisance charges against property owner

November 3, 2011
The complaint alleges that David J. Williams' properties have been the subject of more than 400 violations and have generated more than 30 police reports for criminal activity.
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New apartments in 2012 on track for a 25-year high

November 1, 2011
Cory Schouten
A survey of developers suggests up to 3,438 new units could hit the rental market next year, which would be the highest total since 1987, when central Indiana gained about 4,500 units.
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Bush Stadium gets last hurrahRestricted Content

October 29, 2011
 IBJ Staff
City leaders and economic development officials planned to pay tribute Oct. 28 to Bush Stadium’s historical significance before work begins to convert the venue into loft apartments.
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International Center CEO downsizes in styleRestricted Content

October 29, 2011
Katie Maurer
A widow and empty-nester, Diane Thomas makes space count in her ‘little’ 1920s-era home in the Meridian Kessler neighborhood.
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Developer plans $54 million in new apartment projects

October 28, 2011
Cory Schouten
A local developer plans to invest more than $54 million to build apartment communities adjacent to the Rivers Edge shopping center in Indianapolis and Metropolis in Plainfield.
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East 10th Street retail gets a boost

October 25, 2011
Scott Olson
Two veterans of vintage retail are teaming up to open a store on a near-east-side corridor that’s getting renewed attention from the 2012 Super Bowl Legacy Project.
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Indianapolis neighborhood striving for LEED statusRestricted Content

October 22, 2011
Scott Olson
Designation to east-side project would go beyond building certification.
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Indy's housing market posts strong September

October 14, 2011
Scott Olson
In the nine-county metropolitan area, the number of home-construction permits filed last month increased 22 percent from the same month in 2010, while home-sale agreements rose 5.1 percent.
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Housing will be initial focus of redevelopment at Winona site

October 10, 2011
Scott Olson
The city, along with the nearby Children's Museum of Indianapolis, is spearheading redevelopment of the abandoned property where demolition began Monday. Bids to build mixed-income housing will be sought in the coming months.
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Apartments, retail planned for Virginia Ave. corridorRestricted Content

October 8, 2011
Cory Schouten
Call it Extreme Makeover: Holy Rosary. Just about every building and corner along a four-block stretch of Virginia Avenue in this historic neighborhood southeast of downtown is under construction or will be soon.
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Waiting for construction industry to recoverRestricted Content

October 8, 2011
Tawn Parent
The recession officially ended more than two years ago. But the number of local construction jobs is still down 27 percent from 2007 levels. Will the industry ever feel relief? Some segments might not recover in a big way until 2013.
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Developer proposes $22M project for Keystone Towers site

October 6, 2011
Scott Olson
The Whitsett Group LLC's plans call for a $22 million project that would include nearly 140 apartments and a retail component on the property where Keystone Towers stood. The company submitted the lone bid to the city to redevelop the site.
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Commission approves demolition for Indy East Motel

October 6, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission unanimously approved the demolition of the former motel at 5585 E. Washington St.—with a few conditions. Developers plan an $8.7 million project for the site.
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Page Development CFO files for personal bankruptcy

September 30, 2011
J.K. Wall
Paul M. Pittman, one of four principals in a troubled Indianapolis-based condo developer, filed personal bankruptcy this week.
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Homebuilder Estridge files for bankruptcy

September 29, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Paul Estridge Jr. owes a list of creditors including banks, suppliers and vendors more than $50 million, but has assets of less than $5 million, he said.
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Investor Buffett gets behind east-side revitalization project

September 28, 2011
Scott Olson
Warren Buffett joined other investors and Indianapolis community leaders Wednesday morning for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the $27 million East Village at Avondale apartment project.
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Developer zeroes in on troubled Irvington site

September 27, 2011
Tom Harton
A developer that wants to replace a vacant Irvington motel with an $8.7 million apartment building could get permission as early as next week to clear the site for redevelopment.
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Big ambitions for small planning firm

September 24, 2011
Andrew Smith
Eden Collaborative, the three-man company Adam Thies founded in 2004, is working to revitalize St. Clair Place on Indianapolis’ east side, among other projects.
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Program lets Hoosier volunteers get mortgage help

September 23, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana has $221 million to give to unemployed people who are struggling to cover their mortgage payments. Recipients have to take part in job-training, go back to school, or agree to volunteer through HoosierCorps.
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Multi-family housing project slated for Monon Trail

September 20, 2011
Scott Olson
King Park Area Development Corp. is partnering with an Indianapolis developer on an $8.7 million residential project to improve a blighted parcel along the trail.
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Dillinger relative considers moving gangster's home

September 20, 2011
Associated Press
A great nephew says he's talking with people in Greencastle and two out-of-state locations about sites for his collection of Dillinger items and possibly the farmhouse that is now in Dillinger's hometown of Mooresville.
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Mortgage-default filings surge in Indiana, nation

September 15, 2011
Bloomberg News
Default notices sent to delinquent U.S. homeowners surged 33 percent in August from the previous month, a sign that lenders are speeding up the foreclosure process. Indiana saw an increase of 46 percent, a bigger rise than every state except California.
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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

  3. I agree with the other reader's comment about the chunky tomato soup. I found myself wanting a breadstick to dip into it. It tasted more like a marinara sauce; I couldn't eat it as a soup. In general, I liked the place... but doubt that I'll frequent it once the novelty wears off.

  4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

  5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.

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