Real Estate & Retail

UPDATE: Simon remembered for vision, courage

September 16, 2009
Cory Schouten
A Friday funeral is planned for a man who made a fortune building shopping malls across the U.S. and later became a prolific philanthropist in his adopted hometown of Indianapolis. Melvin Simon, 82, succumbed this morning after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
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First-time homebuyers boosting residential sales

September 16, 2009
Scott Olson
Low-priced homes and foreclosures are driving a large chunk of residential real estate sales in Indianapolis, largely due to first-time home buyers taking advantage of a federal tax credit, according to a report released today by Re/Max of Indiana.
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'Community icon' Melvin Simon dies

September 16, 2009
Cory Schouten
Melvin Simon, a tailor’s son who earned billions building shopping malls across the U.S. and later became a prolific philanthropist in his adopted hometown of Indianapolis, has died. He was 82.
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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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Anderson siblings buying city's Mounds Mall

September 15, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Two Anderson siblings are buying the city's Mounds Mall from the Florida-based company that has owned it for the past six years.
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Adjacent Central Canal parcels go on the market

September 12, 2009
Cory Schouten
The owners of two industrial properties that span an entire city block along the Central Canal downtown have put their properties up for sale with an eye toward redevelopment.
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Ex-Lauth executive: 'Every day is a struggle' after a year of unemploymentRestricted Content

September 12, 2009
Cory Schouten
Michael Hartman earned a six-figure salary as a vice president at Lauth Group Inc. until he was laid off in early 2008. Since then, he’s struggled to find a job—any job that would allow his family to stay in their Westfield home.
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Flush with cash, developer Simon revives hunt for acquisitionsRestricted Content

September 12, 2009
Greg Andrews
Simon Property Group Inc. has managed to grow revenue tenfold since going public 16 years ago. The key has been well-timed acquisitions.
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Latin market and tapas bar opening in Fishers

September 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The new market, which will also offer catering services, is in a strip center owned by locally based Centre Properties and anchored by Beauty Brands and Panera.
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Music Mill to reopen again under new owner

September 11, 2009
Jeff Newman, Scott Olson
The Music Mill, a local concert venue, restaurant and bar that has been closed down twice this year by different operators, has new life. Local entrepreneur Ravi Chopra, 44, who owns the 6 Lounge & Restaurant downtown, announced last night that he has purchased the Music Mill and plans to reopen it Oct. 12.
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Area home-sale agreements level off, prices still falling

September 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The housing slump may be weakening in the nine-county Indianapolis area, if a report released today by F.C. Tucker Co. is any indication.
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HHGregg promotes three executives

September 9, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based electronics retailer HHGregg Inc. announced the promotions of three executives this morning, including the appointment of a new chief financial officer.
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Soft sales plague furniture retailers

September 5, 2009
Cory Schouten
Furniture is one of the easiest big-ticket purchases for consumers to defer when money is tight. Couple that with a housing bust that left demand for new couches on the curb, and tight credit markets that continue to prevent retailers from financing customers without perfect credit, and you’ve got the worst market for furniture since the Great Depression.
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Building information modeling replacing computer-aided designRestricted Content

September 5, 2009
Scott Olson
Architects, engineers, contractors and others in the design-build industry hope building information modeling will cut waste. The technology allows more detailed viewing of projects before they move to construction.
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Developer Lauth's bankrupt units win round in courtRestricted Content

September 5, 2009
Cory Schouten
Lauth Group Inc. in recent weeks has won critical courtroom victories that likely will allow company principals to retain control of three subsidiaries in Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
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Sidewalk inspections help downtown get spiffed up for big eventsRestricted Content

September 5, 2009
Marc D. Allan
They used to say that downtown Indianapolis rolled up the sidewalks at 6 p.m. No one says that anymore. Now they say those sidewalks need to be clean. Sidewalk cleanliness is important on a day-to-day basis for aesthetic reasons, but even more so when Indianapolis wants to put on its best face for major events like the Final Four, the Indianapolis 500 and the Super Bowl.
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Downtown apartment complex expanding

September 5, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The developer of The Waverley apartments downtown has filed plans to expand the complex because of high demand for one-bedroom units.
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Kite Realty Trust CEO unloads $467K in company stock

August 31, 2009
Cory Schouten
The CEO of Kite Realty Group Trust last week sold 130,000 shares, or nearly a half-million-dollars worth, of the Indianapolis-based real estate firm’s common stock.
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HHGregg, other retailers await stimulus joltRestricted Content

August 29, 2009
Cory Schouten
Appliance retailers are poised to take a page from the car dealership playbook in promoting a new government program offering rebates on energy-efficient washers, refrigerators and air conditioners.
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Real estate firm launches in rough watersRestricted Content

August 29, 2009
Kim Puckett
Business partners Dan Adams and Bob Harton left a real estate franchise to start an agency of their own.
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Shelbyville struggles to reach tech park goalsRestricted Content

August 29, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Despite recent investment by Major Health Partners, Shelbyville’s technology park is about as far from meeting state standards as it was two years ago.
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Kahn's wine emporium plans store on 86th Street

August 29, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Kahn’s Fine Wine & Spirits plans to open a second location in a former O’Malia Food Market at the northeast corner of 86th Street and Township Line Road.
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Noble Roman's wins latest round in fight with franchiseesRestricted Content

August 29, 2009
Cory Schouten
A group of former franchisees of Noble Roman’s Inc. has hired a new attorney to represent them in a case against the chain after a Hamilton County judge tossed their old lawyer.
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Bloomington's Kilroy's opening downtown Indianapolis outpost

August 29, 2009
Cory Schouten
Restaurateur Paul Murzyn has signed a lease for the 8,700-square-foot, first-floor space at 201 S. Meridian St., a historic building with luxury condos upstairs.
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Local contractor Enterprise acquires Freije

August 28, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Enterprise Electrical & Mechanical Co. has acquired The Freije Company, a 50-year-old local firm that specializes in refrigeration-systems design, installation and service.
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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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