Urban development

City taking redevelopment bids for key Mass Ave properties

October 18, 2011
Scott Olson
The city-owned properties targeted for redevelopment are at 555 N. New Jersey St., the site of Indianapolis Fire Department administrative offices and Station No. 7, and at 501 N. New Jersey St., the location of Firefighters Credit Union.
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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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Lafayette Square coalition names executive directorRestricted Content

September 24, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Mary Chalmers, a neighborhood liaison for the city, will leave that post to lead the effort to improve the area near 38th Street and Lafayette Road.
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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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LEADING QUESTIONS: Design guru abides in rocky economy

September 21, 2011
Mason King
LQ_Garner_WatchVideoWhy does the owner of A2SO4 Architecture believe a 20 percent drop in billings is a victory? Just how cutthroat has the design field become? What's the significance of moving the firm into a church? Sanford Garner has answers.
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City receives 9 bids for Winona demolition

September 20, 2011
Indianapolis-based Denney Excavating, which oversaw the implosion of Keystone Towers last month, has submitted the low bid to raze the former Winona Hospital. The city is set to award a contract on Thursday.
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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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Experts say options abound for former GM stamping plantRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
Cory Schouten
The 2-million-square-foot GM Indianapolis Metal Center, closed this year, sprawls over more than 100 acres on the west bank of the White River and enjoys some of the best views of the downtown skyline.
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City to give Angie's List $4.6M to buy properties for expansion

August 16, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Money for real estate acquisition is a major component of the $7.1 million in incentives the city of Indianapolis offered Angie's List Inc. for expanding its headquarters campus to accommodate 500 more employees.
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Local architecture firm moving HQ to former church

August 16, 2011
Cory Schouten
The architecture firm A2SO4 plans to spend about $1 million to renovate a long-vacant former Catholic church near the Lockerbie neighborhood as its new headquarters.
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Habitat for Humanity tries hand at fixer-uppersRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Habitat for Humanity affiliates are getting into the business of rehabbing homes, capitalizing on the availability of foreclosed homes.
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Developer plans $27M project in LockerbieRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
Cory Schouten
The Whitsett Group wants to build 190 affordable and market-rate apartments, 44,000 square feet of retail and office space, and more than 300 mostly underground parking spaces on a prime Lockerbie parcel.
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Site with rich history could become catalyst for east-side growthRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A four-acre site just east of downtown with a rich history is being targeted by city officials and redevelopment leaders for redevelopment. They want to restore the once-vibrant spot at Washington and Gray streets in hopes that it will help revive the beaten-down corridor.
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Keystone Towers implosion set for late August

August 1, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The long-vacant Keystone Towers apartment complex will be imploded Aug. 28 at 8 a.m., the Department of Metropolitan Development announced Monday afternoon.
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City ready to take down 1,100 abandoned homes

July 18, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
With the sale of its water and sewer utilities cleared by regulators, the city of Indianapolis is preparing to deploy $15 million to $25 million in funds from the deal into tearing down abandoned houses.
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Bush Stadium rehab is Watson's latest creative projectRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
Katie Maurer
Longtime Indianapolis developer launches spirited attempt to save baseball palace.
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City exploring Mass Ave redevelopment options

July 8, 2011
Scott Olson
Property that houses Indianapolis Fire Department facilities on North New Jersey Street, bordering Massachusetts Avenue, could be sold to private developers. In turn, city police and fire services could be better connected.
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People have spoken on ideas for Monument Circle

June 29, 2011
Gabrielle Poshadlo
A former Indianapolis resident who now lives in Philadelphia won the Monument Circle Idea Competition People’s Choice award, Indianapolis Downtown Inc. announced Tuesday.
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Housing agency breaking ground on $30M Lugar Tower project

June 29, 2011
The project includes renovations to the 15-story apartment building in downtown Indianapolis, as well as the construction of two mixed-income buildings containing a total of 74 units at its base.
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Owner of several properties south of Mass Ave starts to divest

June 28, 2011
Tom Harton
The pending sale of two historic buildings and a vacant lot just south of Massachusetts Avenue is the first of what could be several deals in the area as one of its largest property owners begins to divest its holdings.
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Local contractor wins Keystone Towers demolition bid

June 27, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Denney Excavating of Indianapolis has been granted the contract to demolish the vacant Keystone Towers apartment complex with a bid $827,000.
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16 Park project helping to transform Indianapolis neighborhoodRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
Scott Olson
The first building of a new complex on near-north side is set to be completed in August
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Developer puts Cosmopolitan complex on block

June 20, 2011
Cory Schouten
The Cosmopolitan on the Canal, a 218-unit upscale apartment complex in downtown Indianapolis that cost more than $33 million to build, has been put on the market by Flaherty & Collins Properties.
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City's ambitious tech-corridor plan no sure thingRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indianapolis leaders are hoping a new plan launched by Mayor Greg Ballard’s administration to transform the area northwest of downtown into a high-tech job and life-sciences research magnet will turn the long-discussed idea into a reality.
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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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