Urban development

UPDATE: Mayor picks GM site for criminal justice complex

March 13, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard will recommend that a proposed criminal justice complex be located on the former GM stamping plant on the western side of downtown—not the airport property that ranked highest in a market study.
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Red Cross rethinking downtown HQ design, delaying land swap

March 10, 2014
Scott Olson
Re-examination of the scope of the not-for-profit group's project has stalled progress on a three-way property exchange that would clear the way for a massive apartment project on Massachusetts Avenue.
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Committee urges hiring commitment for $81M MSA tower project

March 3, 2014
Scott Olson
A City-County Council committee recommended approval for the 28-story building but only if the developer pledges that 30 percent of the workers it hires to build the tower live in Marion County.
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Kite floats two-tower Pan Am Plaza projectRestricted Content

March 1, 2014
Scott Olson
The latest plan to redevelop Pan Am Plaza calls for two hotels, residential units and restaurants spread across two towers as tall as 20 stories each, sources familiar with the details told IBJ.
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ExactTarget mulls building downtown tower

February 22, 2014
Scott Olson
ExactTarget Inc. is evaluating downtown sites where it could build a headquarters tower as large as 500,000 square feet, real estate brokers familiar with the discussions told IBJ.
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Weaver's site sale could lead to Broad Ripple village-park connector

February 21, 2014
Scott Olson
Weaver's Lawn & Garden Shop at 1316 Broad Ripple Ave. has been in business for decades. Now that family members have sold the property, local leaders hope the land eventually can serve as a recreational link.
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City committee again delays vote on MSA tower’s financing

February 4, 2014
Scott Olson
Members of the Metropolitan and Economic Development Committee said they needed more information on Flaherty & Collins' proposed $81 million high-rise project on the former Market Square Arena site.
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New concert venue proposed for GM plant site

January 25, 2014
Scott Olson
A concert venue rivaling the size of Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville has emerged as the favorite in a bid to redevelop the former General Motors metal-stamping plant on the western edge of downtown.
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Apartment craze shows no signs of slowing

December 28, 2013
Scott Olson
Apartment developers continued their blitz on the downtown market with several projects under construction or in the planning stages.
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Union Station gets new scrutiny after spate of repairs

December 14, 2013
Scott Olson
Seeing small repair projects pile up at the city's iconic 19th-century train station, city officials have launched an effort to assess the building’s condition with the most thorough inspection in several years.
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DMD's Thies pushing for better design, more projects

November 30, 2013
Scott Olson
Adam Thies, 36, arrived from the private sector in October 2012 and is beginning to put his stamp on the government agency that guides city development
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Future murky for Carmel's 2-story development rule

November 16, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
City leaders are embroiled in a debate over the future of Range Line Road, through the heart of Carmel's redeveloped downtown. Special density zoning rules are intended to create a consistent look and keep residents from bearing the brunt of the city’s significant infrastructure investment. The question is whether it’s working.
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Buyer of Illinois Building envisions conversion into upscale hotelRestricted Content

November 16, 2013
Scott Olson
A high-profile local developer has bought the Illinois Building and is considering offers to convert the downtown landmark into a boutique hotel that could be the city’s first five-star lodge.
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Uptown Business Center headed to sheriff's sale

November 12, 2013
Scott Olson
The building in SoBro is at the center of a lengthy court feud in which the owner had attempted to delay foreclosure by filing to reorganize assets—a strategy that a bankruptcy judge rejected last month.
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Proposed GM plan reserves space for soccer stadiumRestricted Content

November 9, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
One of the players vying to redevelop the former General Motors metal-stamping plant has set aside room in his plans for a roughly 10,000-seat stadium where his own North American Soccer League franchise could play.
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Conference eyes preservation as development tool

October 31, 2013
Associated Press
A national gathering of preservation experts this week in Indianapolis are toasting some of the success stories historic preservation can foster by helping spark revitalization in neighborhoods and city centers.
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Preservationists float ideas for reusing City Hall

October 30, 2013
Scott Olson
An upscale hotel, a brewery and an event center were among the proposals suggested by members of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The group is holding its annual conference in Indianapolis for the first time.
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Four local firms vying to redevelop GM stamping plant site

October 30, 2013
Scott Olson
At least one of the proposals for the site, which has been vacant since 2011, would create a suburban-type office park in an urban environment.
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Ritzier hotels may lure top events, but year-round demand unclear

October 26, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis lacks a five-star hotel, a fact some hospitality experts think could hurt the city’s chances of landing the 2018 Super Bowl. But there’s no consensus on whether the city should go more upscale.
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Athenaeum shelves redevelopment of adjacent lotRestricted Content

October 19, 2013
Scott Olson
Plans to redevelop a surface lot adjacent to the historic Athenaeum building have been shelved after proposals failed to meet financial expectations.
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Developer launching rehab of vacant College Avenue retail building

October 15, 2013
Scott Olson
Developer Larry Jones said he’ll spend about $600,000 to renovate the 6,700-square-foot eyesore at 1101 N. College Ave., which has sat empty since the early 1980s.
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State opens downtown parking lots to development

October 4, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Proposals due Nov. 15 could cover one or all of three state-owned parking facilities, which contain 6,096 spaces and generate more than $1 million a year from special events.
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City delays decision on Broad Ripple project

October 2, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Due to absences on the Indianapolis Metropolitan Development Commission, attorneys for both sides of the issue on Wednesday agreed to continue the controversial rezoning request to the group's Oct. 16 meeting.
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Cummins keeping HQ in Columbus, but considering Indy project

September 26, 2013
Associated Press
Cummins spokesman Jon Mills said the company wants to consolidate its two offices in downtown Indianapolis where about 100 employees work in areas such as communications, information technology and investor relations.
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Skywalk adds architectural element to senior-housing project

September 24, 2013
Scott Olson
Two four-story structures, at the southwest and northwest corners of 30th and Clifton streets, will be built as part of a $10.7 million project that will include 57 units linked by an elevated walkway.
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  1. Aaron is my fav!

  2. Let's see... $25M construction cost, they get $7.5M back from federal taxpayers, they're exempt from business property tax and use tax so that's about $2.5M PER YEAR they don't have to pay, permitting fees are cut in half for such projects, IPL will give them $4K under an incentive program, and under IPL's VFIT they'll be selling the power to IPL at 20 cents / kwh, nearly triple what a gas plant gets, about $6M / year for the 150-acre combined farms, and all of which is passed on to IPL customers. No jobs will be created either other than an handful of installers for a few weeks. Now here's the fun part...the panels (from CHINA) only cost about $5M on Alibaba, so where's the rest of the $25M going? Are they marking up the price to drive up the federal rebate? Indy Airport Solar Partners II LLC is owned by local firms Johnson-Melloh Solutions and Telemon Corp. They'll gross $6M / year in triple-rate power revenue, get another $12M next year from taxpayers for this new farm, on top of the $12M they got from taxpayers this year for the first farm, and have only laid out about $10-12M in materials plus installation labor for both farms combined, and $500K / year in annual land lease for both farms (est.). Over 15 years, that's over $70M net profit on a $12M investment, all from our wallets. What a boondoggle. It's time to wise up and give Thorium Energy your serious consideration. See http://energyfromthorium.com to learn more.

  3. Markus, I don't think a $2 Billion dollar surplus qualifies as saying we are out of money. Privatization does work. The government should only do what private industry can't or won't. What is proven is that any time the government tries to do something it costs more, comes in late and usually is lower quality.

  4. Some of the licenses that were added during Daniels' administration, such as requiring waiter/waitresses to be licensed to serve alcohol, are simply a way to generate revenue. At $35/server every 3 years, the state is generating millions of dollars on the backs of people who really need/want to work.

  5. I always giggle when I read comments from people complaining that a market is "too saturated" with one thing or another. What does that even mean? If someone is able to open and sustain a new business, whether you think there is room enough for them or not, more power to them. Personally, I love visiting as many of the new local breweries as possible. You do realize that most of these establishments include a dining component and therefore are pretty similar to restaurants, right? When was the last time I heard someone say "You know, I think we have too many locally owned restaurants"? Um, never...

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