Real Estate & Retail

Virginia homebuilder enters market

October 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Home-building powerhouse Ryan Homes is marketing lots in 10 subdivisions it has taken over from the defunct local builder CP Morgan Communities.
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First-time buyer tax credit isn't moving pricier homesRestricted Content

October 17, 2009
Cory Schouten
The incentive has not generated a hoped-for boost in sales of homes at higher price-points. About 30 percent of the sales eligible for the tax credit are foreclosures, meaning the seller likely won’t buy another home.
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Duke Realty to unload local land holdings at auctionRestricted Content

October 17, 2009
Cory Schouten
The locally based company plans to raise millions of dollars by selling nine undeveloped tracts in Indianapolis, Fishers, Plainfield and Lebanon.
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Bloomington mayor to roll out chain-store ordinance for downtown

October 17, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan believes this beloved college town loses a bit of its identity every time a national chain sets up shop.
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Area building permits fall for 23rd straight month

October 16, 2009
The number of building permits issued in the nine-county Indianapolis area fell 20 percent in September from the same time last year, marking 23 consecutive months of declines.
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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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Fishers water park developer hopeful despite setback

October 15, 2009
Scott Olson
The developer of a proposed hotel and water park in Fishers remains optimistic the project will get finished, despite the latest setback delaying the start of construction by at least two years.
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City strengthens building-permit process

October 14, 2009
Scott Olson
The pre-permit review could add nearly three weeks to the current permitting process
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Louisville company purchases assets of local distributor

October 14, 2009
Louisville-based Bailey Tools & Supply Inc. said Tuesday that it has purchased the assets of Indianapolis distributor Capitol Drilling & Contractors Supply.
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O'Malia's closing northside market after 33 years

October 13, 2009
Cory Schouten
The O'Malia's Food Market near 56th Street and Emerson Avenue will close for good this weekend after a 33-year run.
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Shopping center vacancies continue to climb

October 12, 2009
Scott Olson
Vacancies at U.S. shopping malls and retail strip centers have climbed to steep levels, a trend that Indianapolis-based commercial real estate companies Simon Property Group Inc. and Kite Realty Group Trust haven't been able to dodge.
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Grocery, housing projects could rejuvenate stretch of 16th Street

October 10, 2009
Cory Schouten
A troubled low-income housing project has a new owner with plans to redevelop the complex to better connect with the Herron Morton Place neighborhood. Next door, Kroger has revived efforts to acquire land and plan a new supermarket to replace a cramped, old-format location.
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Industrial real estate holding up during downturnRestricted Content

October 10, 2009
Industrial real estate in Indianapolis hasn’t escaped a bumpy ride caused by the recession, but it has managed to withstand turbulence better than the office and retail sectors.
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Proposed Fishers medical park faces uncertain demandRestricted Content

October 10, 2009
Scott Olson
The business park would encompass about 900 acres on the town’s northeast side and require rezoning of much of the land, from residential and agriculture to commercial.
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Firms line up to find new uses for old airport terminal, other properties

October 10, 2009
Chris O'Malley
The cash-strapped Indianapolis Airport Authority suddenly can’t look soon enough at developing some of its vast real estate holdings, including the city’s former passenger terminal. This month, it plans to conduct final contract negotiations with a firm that would study reuse of the old terminal, adjacent land and other airport holdings.
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Kroger ads in Star grab attention, raise eyebrowsRestricted Content

October 10, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
A new eye-grabbing advertising design in The Indianapolis Star has some wondering where ad content stops and news content begins.
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Green year for city hall, businesses

October 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
It’s been a year since Republican Mayor Greg Ballard launched the City’s Office of Sustainability. On Oct. 6, Ballard and his sustainability director, Karen Haley, outlined accomplishments in the first year.
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Controversial downtown project to get tax abatement

October 7, 2009
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Development Commission approved a 10-year tax abatement Wednesday afternoon for a controversial public-private plan to redevelop a vacant downtown office building.
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'Makeover' making another trip to central Indiana

October 7, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Popular ABC show 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' is returning to central Indiana.
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Cabela's puts Greenwood property up for sale

October 7, 2009
Cabela's is selling the land on which it had planned to build a store in Greenwood.
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Fishers officials propose huge medical park

October 5, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Fishers development officials anticipate unveiling plans for a huge medical business park near Interstate 69's Exit 10 Wednesday night at the town's regular council meeting.
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Camera retailer Roberts adjusts to the times, plans new store

October 3, 2009
Cory Schouten
The home-grown retailer lately has sought to supply cameras for government and law-enforcement entities as its once-reliable newspaper clientele scales back.
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Charter school may take over rest of former Herron Art Institute

October 3, 2009
Cory Schouten
Plans for residential development on the site stalled as the housing market plummeted and recession set in.
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A pair of community banks see loan woes escalateRestricted Content

October 3, 2009
Greg Andrews
Community Bank of Noblesville and Blue River Bancshares Inc. of Shelbyville have seen loans sour at a rate that might have seemed unimaginable before the housing market tanked and the recession set in.
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Exterior work on bank tower wraps up with Regions sign

October 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Regions Bank name and logo are joining the city’s skyline atop One Indiana Square, also known as Regions Bank Tower.
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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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