Urban development

City eyes Cummins as anchor for key downtown site

September 21, 2013
Scott Olson
City officials are quietly trying to orchestrate what would be a major coup: Landing Cummins as an office anchor for a second phase of redevelopment on the former home of Market Square Arena.
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New school to anchor Central State projectRestricted Content

September 7, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The first new non-residential building at the former Central State Hospital campus, at the corner of West Washington Street and Tibbs Avenue, will be a charter school. Christel House Academy West broke ground last month on about nine acres donated by the city.
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Pan Am Plaza hotel may sweeten bowl bid

September 7, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis officials hope to include plans for a new downtown luxury hotel in their bid for the 2018 Super Bowl, but they’re not sure all the pieces for a deal—potentially on Pan Am Plaza—can be put together before a bid presentation for 32 NFL owners in May.
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Developers roll out pair of homeless-housing projectsRestricted Content

August 24, 2013
Scott Olson
Two proposals to add much-needed downtown housing for the homeless have the support of city officials, but one of the projects is drawing stiff resistance from neighbors concerned that it will create a host of safety issues.
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Noblesville planning riverfront park with amphitheater

August 19, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
City leaders are working to acquire 6.4 acres of property along the White River for a park—complete with an open-air amphitheater—that would extend the city’s downtown area to the west.
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Trust invites bids on GM stamping plant property

August 8, 2013
Scott Olson
The owner of the 102-acre site has selected 12 companies and asked them to submit redevelopment plans. A deal could be announced by the end of the year.
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New retail downtown sitting idleRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
Scott Olson
A flood of downtown apartments coming on the market is leasing up quickly, but much of the attached retail space continues to languish as some begin to wonder whether the residential boom will create enough retail demand.
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Huge greenhouse development planned for Haughville

July 15, 2013
 IBJ Staff
New York-based BrightFarms Inc. plans to build a 100,000-square-foot hydroponic greenhouse on a vacant 5-acre parcel of land at 2219 W. Michigan St. that will employ 25.
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New owners plan to upgrade apartments plagued by shortcutsRestricted Content

July 13, 2013
Scott Olson
The ill-fated Di Rimini apartment project that city officials halted three years ago because of numerous code violations is set to be resurrected by two local businessmen.
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Veteran custom homebuilder taking prefabs downtownRestricted Content

June 15, 2013
Scott Olson
Ursula David is out to dispel the perception that modular homes are little more than glorified double-wides. David, who started Ursula David Homes 20 years ago, is concentrating on a new project, Indy Mod Homes, and is targeting an unlikely place for the prefabs—the urban core.
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Bank seeks to foreclose on architectural firm’s HQ

June 3, 2013
Scott Olson
KeyBank has filed a lawsuit against A2SO4 Architecture and is asking a judge to appoint a receiver to manage the property at 540 N. College Ave. The bank says it is owed nearly $1 million.
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IndyGo jettisons big-name designersRestricted Content

June 1, 2013
Scott Olson
An internationally known architectural team chosen to design a proposed IndyGo transit hub is no longer on the project, to no surprise of local architects who insist the transit agency botched the selection process from the start.
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Athenaeum weighs bids for surface lot redevelopment

May 18, 2013
Scott Olson
Three developers are competing to build a mixed-use project likely to include a parking garage on a surface lot adjacent to the historic Athenaeum building.
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Big names lining up to tackle Market Square siteRestricted Content

April 20, 2013
Scott Olson
City officials will have at least four proposals to consider for redevelopment of a downtown parking lot where Market Square Arena once stood. Bids are due to the city by April 22.
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Site swaps could clear the way for $43M Mass Ave projectRestricted Content

March 9, 2013
Cory Schouten
City officials are working on a deal that could result in a new headquarters and downtown station for the Indianapolis Fire Department, a fresh user for a vacant former car dealership, and long-awaited groundbreaking on a $43 million apartment and retail redevelopment on Mass Ave.
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Ballard plans new redevelopment effort for Market Square site

March 7, 2013
Dan Human, Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard, in his annual State of the City speech scheduled for Friday, plans to call for new proposals for the downtown site that previously was home to Market Square Arena. The city expects the proposals to include a high-rise building with a major retail component.
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Local housing projects get $3.4M boost from tax credits

March 1, 2013
The Indianapolis developments include new apartments for seniors, the developmentally disabled and homeless veterans, using sites such as Fort Harrison and the former Central State grounds.
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Downtown projects face crucial hurdles

February 12, 2013
Tom Harton
Two downtown apartment projects seek critical government approvals in the next month, while  another commercial project is on track to start this year.
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Soccer stadium could be development springboardRestricted Content

January 19, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Landing a North American Soccer League franchise might be the easiest part of Indianapolis developer Ersal Ozdemir’s grand plan, which includes building a downtown soccer stadium and surrounding it with retail and residential space.
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Plans afoot to redevelop Payton Wells propertiesRestricted Content

January 12, 2013
Cory Schouten
A local developer hopes to build a $20 million apartment and retail project on one of several Old Northside lots once used by the defunct car dealership Payton Wells.
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Investor: Kroger missed chance to buy ‘linchpin’ propertyRestricted Content

January 5, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Owner of real estate near 16th and Central says grocery chain showed little interest, but Kroger says it still wants property to make way for new downtown store.
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Indianapolis receives $39M loan guarantee from HUD

November 20, 2012
The city will use the funding to establish a Community and Economic Loan Pool to provide financing for economic development and housing rehabilitation initiatives to benefit people of low and moderate incomes.
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Developer unveils 16-home project just east of downtown

November 20, 2012
Tom Harton
The Re-Development Group Inc. bought a1.6-acre site at New York Street and Highland Avenue last May and will raze three 1960s-era office/warehouse buildings to make way for home construction in 2013.
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One Mass Ave project starts; another one is in limbo

November 13, 2012
Tom Harton
Insight Development has begun building an $11.5 million, 61-unit apartment project at Massachusetts Avenue and East and North streets. But  the fate of the second phase is up in the air because its financing had been tied to a project Insight and Flaherty & Collins Properties had hoped to develop across Mass Ave at the site of the Indianapolis Fire Department headquarters.
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City bans bulk land-bank sales after lopsided deal with not-for-profit

November 3, 2012
Cory Schouten
Indianapolis last year sold 154 properties from its land bank for $1,000 each to a novice not-for-profit, which immediately flipped them for a total $500,000 profit. More than a dozen have changed hands multiple times since then, making investors more than $1 million. (with interactive map)
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  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.

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