Historic Preservation

City proposes historic district for Monument Circle and nearby area

July 1, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission is proposing to take under its jurisdiction 90 buildings on and near the Circle, giving the city stricter control over signage and other changes to building exteriors.
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Indiana Landmarks nearing $25M fundraising goal

June 13, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Preservation group Indiana Landmarks kicked off the public portion of its $25 million capital and endowment campaign Thursday evening, entering the homestretch of a fundraising effort that began in 2010.
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Woodard sells Canterbury Hotel to Ohio firm

June 11, 2013
Scott Olson
Local businessman Turner Woodard had owned the upscale downtown hotel since 2010. Terms of the deal with Columbus, Ohio-based RockBridge Capital LLC, a hotel investment firm, were not disclosed.
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Horizon Bank gains access to Mass Ave with building purchase

May 28, 2013
Scott Olson
Michigan City-based Horizon Bank bought the two-story building at 302 N. Alabama St. for $1.5 million and is embarking on a "substantial" investment in the property.
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Architectural gems in IndianapolisRestricted Content

April 20, 2013
These jewels help distinguish some of downtown's best-dressed buildings.
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Monument Circle face-lift set to move forward

April 4, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The city recently signed a $555,750 contract with a local firm for design work on the Circle, leading to a two-year repaving project with other improvements.
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Bill would expand state’s historic preservation tax credit

March 29, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Legislation that was killed last year after passing the Indiana House has been revived this session in hopes of spurring more historic renovation across the state.
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Arson damages at Indy Catholic church reach $400K

February 27, 2013
Associated Press
Indianapolis Metro Police Department Sgt. Linda Jackson said Wednesday that heavy smoke damage had increased the damages from an early estimate of $15,000.
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Collectors snap up Bush Stadium's salvaged seats

February 22, 2013
Cory Schouten
Indianapolis sports fans and collectors lined up Thursday to buy seats salvaged from Bush Stadium, snapping up more than 300 in the first day of the three-day sale — six times as many as organizer People for Urban Progress had expected for the entire offering.
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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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Irvington groups save landmark from demolition

December 26, 2012
Dan Human
The former post office at Washington Street and Ritter Avenue once anchored a commercial hub in the historic neighborhood. About $400,000 in repairs are expected before the groups attempt to flip the property for a new use.
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Pendleton turns to past to revitalize its downtown

December 14, 2012
Associated Press
The town 25 miles northeast of Indianapolis was approved for the state's branch of Main Street, a project of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, aimed at helping communities revitalize their downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts.
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Site of historic church being shopped for retail development

December 4, 2012
Tom Harton
The 4.5-acre site of the St. John United Church of Christ is back on the market following the settlement earlier this year of a lawsuit between the church and the city.
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Milhaus buying site for more downtown apartments

October 9, 2012
Tom Harton
The local developer has agreed to purchase the former Mitchell & Scott industrial complex in the 600 block of College Avenue and is in the process of pulling together a plan for the site.
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Developer targets long-empty College Avenue retail building

October 2, 2012
Tom Harton
Teagen Development Inc. has a purchase agreement for the 6,600-square-foot building at 1101 N. College Ave., rescuing it from an attempt—since withdrawn—to demolish the structure.
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Senior housing slated for old Lawrence school building

September 21, 2012
Scott Olson
The Whitsett Group plans to invest $6.5 million to convert the building on East 46th Street into 60 senior housing units. The Lawrence Township school district put the structure on the block, and Whitsett submitted the winning bid.
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Historic Market Street building gets new owner

August 21, 2012
Tom Harton
The Corydon Group bought 125 W. Market St. Aug. 2 and will occupy the 4,200-square-foot top floor of the three-story building after renovations are finished in early November.
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Indiana Landmarks still trying to save pre-Civil War home

August 14, 2012
Tom Harton
The Cotton-Ropkey House was built in 1850 and features Greek Revival and Italianate features, including six-over-six windows, walnut floors and crown moldings.
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City Market hopes catacombs tours spur interest in redevelopment

August 11, 2012
Ellen Kobe
Catacombs
                           watch videoCity Market officials are giving public tours of the catacombs beneath the marketplace, in the hope that someone will be interested in transforming the 20,000-square-foot space into a restaurant or event venue.
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CIB mulling sale of historic downtown building

July 10, 2012
Scott Olson
The Capital Improvement Board has owned the Ober building, at 107 S. Pennsylvania St. near Bankers Life Fieldhouse, since 1999. Members on Monday voted to begin soliciting bids.
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Rivoli Theatre finally cleared for comeback

July 3, 2012
Tom Harton
A legal battle that had threatened the east-side landmark has been settled, and a $300,000 grant has been secured to begin stabilizing it.
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Angie's List CEO Oesterle grows east-side footprintRestricted Content

June 9, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Bill Oesterle’s firm Henry Amalgamated has purchased 48 properties in the Holy Cross neighborhood from 2006 through this May. Nearly 40 percent of those purchases have been made since Angie’s List struck a $7.1 million incentives deal with the city of Indianapolis in October.
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Study proposed on future of Anderson's Wigwam gym

June 6, 2012
Associated Press
An architect is proposing a study for finding a new use for Anderson's closed Wigwam gymnasium, possibly turning it into a convention center.
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City, development group agree to protect Mallory site

May 8, 2012
Tom Harton
Those seeking the historic designation hope the four-acre industrial complex will be a catalyst for redevelopment of a stretch of East Washington Street.
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Domes hold mystique for philanthropist Cook

April 22, 2012
Associated Press
Gayle Cook marvels at grand churches, courthouses and certainly, the awe-inspiring 200-foot-diameter dome above the West Baden Springs Hotel that she and her late husband, Bill, restored and reopened in the summer of 2007.
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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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