Urban development

Neighborhood revitalization group calling it quits

November 24, 2009
 IBJ Staff
BOS Community Development Corp., created in 1982 to revitalize the Indiana Avenue and Midtown area, says its mission is accomplished.
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Indianapolis looks to Cleveland, Philadelphia for City Market examples

November 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The troubled Indianapolis City Market is looking East for a new direction. This summer, its executive director, Jim Reilly, visited Philadelphia and Cleveland to observe their successful urban markets and seek pointers that might be applied here.
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Speedway breaks ground on redevelopment project

November 19, 2009
Scott Olson

Speedway officials broke ground Thursday morning on the first phase of a $500 million redevelopment project they hope will transform the small town into a year-round racing-themed destination.

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Construction under way on downtown condo conversion

November 14, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Shelton, a five-story building on Delaware Street, is getting a $3 million makeover.
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Center Township seeks redevelopment bids for former YMCA

October 28, 2009
Cory Schouten
The owner of the vacant former Fall Creek YMCA along West 10th Street is seeking bidders interested in tearing down the building and redeveloping the prime 2-acre site.
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Ball State to offer new degree at downtown Indianapolis campus

October 24, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The master of urban planning degree offered downtown will use the city as an urban laboratory.
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State seeks at least $6.5M for 19-acre site

October 15, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana Finance Authority said Thursday it plans to auction off a vacant 19-acre development parcel between the White River and Fall Creek near downtown Indianapolis.
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Historic Landmarks returning to headquarters

September 24, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana is set to return to its headquarters in downtown Indianapolis tomorrow, six months after a fire at a neighboring apartment project displaced the not-for-profit.
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Anticipated development near stadium isn't materializing

September 19, 2009
Sam Stall
Not long ago, developers seemed to vie for every square inch of open ground in the vicinity of the just-completed Lucas Oil Stadium. These days, the entire neighborhood has been pushed, if not into a financial deep freeze, then at the very least to the back of the crisper drawer.
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New owner to rehab two century-old apartment buildings

September 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
A local real estate veteran who had planned to retire has instead jumped back into the game with the purchase of two vacant downtown properties he plans to convert to market-rate apartments.
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Apartments near downtown canal slated for rehab

September 15, 2009
Tom Harton
A local real estate veteran who had planned to retire has instead jumped back into the game with the purchase of two vacant downtown properties he plans to convert to market-rate apartments.
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City-County Council OKs hotel tax hike

August 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The City-County Council voted 15-14 last night to approve raising the local hotel tax from 9 percent to 10 percent in a move intended to help the cash-strapped Indianapolis Capital Improvement Board close a $47 million operating deficit.
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Plans emerge for Winona Hospital redevelopmentRestricted Content

August 3, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis wants the city to tear down the old Winona Memorial Hospital so it can build a community park and outdoor learning center. A private firm that specializes in environmentally impaired properties wants to turn the building into senior apartments.
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GARNER: Urban redevelopment requires dialogue

August 3, 2009
Sanford Garner
Later this summer, architects, urban planners, economists and hydrologists from around the city and around the nation will come to Indianapolis to begin planning for the redevelopment of the area near 22nd Street and the Monon Trail. Known as the American Institute of Architects Sustainable Design Assessment Team, it will work with neighborhood organizations and city leaders to develop a renewal plan to turn this blighted area into a thriving neighborhood.
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EDITORIAL: Project near MSA may be worth the riskRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
The city has unveiled a dramatic plan for new housing and retail development to revitalize the old Market Square Arena site. Despite some shortcomings, the project deserves a chance to give the stagnant area a boost.
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Cultural Trail spurs development plan along Virginia AvenueRestricted Content

June 8, 2009
Cory Schouten
A local architecture firm hopes to challenge hip Mass Ave with an arts-themed development in Fletcher Place. The $9 million project would include apartments, retail and office space.
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Irvington rolls out $1.2 million promotional campaignRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
In the midst of a $1.2 million campaign to upgrade streets, sidewalks and other neighborhood infrastructure, a coalition of Irvington businesses and residents is launching a unique marketing campaign to tout the neighborhood's recent enhancements and position it as an alternative to places such as Carmel, Zionsville, Geist and Noblesville.
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Transit, sustainable development likely to be themes in rescue of near-north neighborhoodRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Local leaders and, soon, a national team of experts, are quietly developing a strategy to revitalize Marion County's biggest concentration of brownfield sites and impoverished urban neighborhoods, centered at East 22nd Street and the Monon Trail.
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Developer wants to turn project into apartments, officesRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Cory Schouten
A local developer is hoping to convert an unfinished eight-story luxury condo project downtown into a mostly affordable apartment building with its headquarters on the top floor.
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Flaherty selected to revitalize Barton, Lugar tower sitesRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Locally based Flaherty & Collins Properties plans to build retail and residential space on land that surrounds two downtown public housing towers.
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Mayor says some of 38 TIF districts have problems, might need reorganizationRestricted Content

September 15, 2008
Peter Schnitzler

Mayor Greg Ballard worries his predecessor, Bart Peterson, may have overreached with his ambitious tax-increment-financing district for the last phase of Fall Creek Place. That phase of the renewed urban neighborhood isn't producing enough revenue to support its $6.2 million in outstanding bonds. And Ballard is not sure all of Marion County's 37 other TIF district are necessary, either.


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Charter Homes builder draws scrutiny for odd sales claims, multiple liensRestricted Content

August 25, 2008
Cory Schouten

Charter Homes owner Jerry Jaquess fancies himself a white knight for King Park, a neighborhood once known mainly for its rampant crime, boarded-up homes and vacant lots. But as he's constructed a slew of homes and carriage houses there, the local builder has stirred up several lawsuits, dozens of liens and persistent questions about whether his business is legit.

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Ralston Square development lures bar, hotel, bowling alleyRestricted Content

July 7, 2008
Cory Schouten
A trendy bar and an upscale hotel have agreed to anchor the 11-story Ralston Square project slated for South Street between Meridian and Pennsylvania streets. The developers of the $60 million mixed-use project are moving forward after landing the tenants necessary to secure a loan commitment, said Brian Epstein, president of locally based Urban Space Commercial Properties and a partner on the project.
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Group plots public-private revival for midtown Meridian neighborhoodsRestricted Content

June 30, 2008
Cory Schouten
There was a time when residents of Meridian Kessler, Butler Tarkington, and Broad Ripple viewed North Meridian Street as a connection between their neighborhoods. These days, the road feels more like a divide-an intimidating commuter highway between downtown and the northern suburbs that discourages pedestrian and bicycle traffic. A partnership of community groups including the Meridian Street Foundation is hoping to change that by giving the neighborhoods a collective identity--Midtown--and mixing private and public money to fund major infrastructure improvements.
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Developers vie for property by Central LibraryRestricted Content

June 9, 2008
Chip Cutter
Two high-profile property developers are squaring off for the rights to transform a six-story apartment complex adjacent to the Central Library downtown. Van Rooy Properties and Buckingham Cos. both submitted proposals to redevelop the Ambassador apartments at 39 E. Ninth St., just north of the library.
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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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