Urban development

Civic leaders urge Ballard to tackle woes facing urban coreRestricted Content

November 12, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Community leaders are coalescing around a three-prong strategy to attract residents and capital to neighborhoods from just outside downtown to the borders of Interstate 465. It’s not yet clear whether all the initiatives will have the full support of Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.
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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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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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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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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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