Urban development

City leaders look to 16th Street as future tech hub

June 16, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Officials on Thursday shared details of a long-term plan to redevelop an industrial stretch northwest of downtown with the goal of attracting hundreds of residents and dozens of high-tech companies to the area.
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Circle Idea Competition finalists selected

June 15, 2011
Gabrielle Poshadlo
Posters highlighting the top 12 proposals will be on display in Monument Circle storefronts until June 26 so members of the public can vote for their favorite. The ideas could be used by planners plotting the future of the downtown space.
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Kosenes take on ex-partner in courtRestricted Content

June 4, 2011
Cory Schouten
Principals in Kosene & Kosene Development have sued a former partner, claiming he’s trying to cut them out of a city-supported deal to redevelop the former Bank One Operations Center downtown.
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Central State redevelopment plan gets new lifeRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A dormant plan to redevelop the 150-acre former Central State Hospital campus is starting to get momentum. Developers anticipate spending $100 million to $150 million to revamp the site. With online photo gallery
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Children's Museum holds key to Winona redevelopment

May 24, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is playing the role of lead developer for the abandoned Winona Hospital site.
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New TIF districts could spur urban development

May 21, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indianapolis leaders have targeted four core urban areas for renewal, taking steps to create new tax-increment-financing districts to seed economic development there.
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City proceeding with public safety complex at Eastgate

May 18, 2011
Scott Olson
City-County Council grants approval for the city to enter into a 25-year lease with the owner of the former Eastgate mall to take 76,000 square feet for a Regional Operations Center.
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Indianapolis council OKs razing of Keystone Towers

May 16, 2011
Associated Press
The City-County Council in Indianapolis has voted to spend $4 million to demolish the abandoned 15-story Keystone Towers and the long-vacant former Winona Hospital.
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City slow to spend $29M in federal funding for neighborhoodsRestricted Content

May 14, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indianapolis has lagged in making payments to not-for-profit developers executing a huge federal program to rehab neighborhoods, putting a strain on those groups and setting the city behind in spending its share of the money.
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West 10th Street to be rerouted in Speedway

April 18, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The town of Speedway will reroute West 10th Street to help Allison Transmission consolidate its parking lots and accommodate new employees tied to a hybrid transmission the company is developing.
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Insurance agency revives plans for downtown building

April 12, 2011
Tom Harton
McGowan Insurance Group plans to build a $2.75 million, 19,000-square-foot building at 355 Indiana Avenue.
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Condo sales lag in hot downtown apartment market

April 5, 2011
Cory Schouten
New apartment projects carrying premium rents are popping up all over downtown, but the strong demand for urban living isn't providing much of a boost for the condo market.
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Meridian Street buildings to get facelift

April 2, 2011
 IBJ Staff
A not-for-profit is partnering with a locally based developer to renovate two vacant apartment buildings near Meridian and 38th streets into specialized affordable housing.
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Volunteers market growing retail space along East 10th

March 8, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Six projects with more than 25,000 square feet of space will be completed this year and in 2012 along the 10th Street corridor, which runs from near Rural Street east to Sherman Drive.
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City hires project manager for international district improvements

March 5, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The plan would enhance the area around West 38th Street and Lafayette Road with landscaping, monuments and murals.
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Indianapolis halts work on blighted historic building

February 26, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The owner of the 1880 building located at 42 E. Washington St. was cited for doing unapproved work to the facade.
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Ballard says jobs, neighborhoods critical

February 24, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Creating a climate that allows businesses to thrive and improving Indianapolis’ neighborhoods will be critical to the city’s future success. That was the message Mayor Greg Ballard conveyed Thursday night in his fourth-annual State of the City speech, delivered at the Indianapolis Artsgarden downtown.
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Ballard: City must build 'attractive urban environment'

February 24, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The theme of Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard's fourth-annual State of the City address will include putting “the needs of the next decade ahead of the next day, next year or next election,” according to excerpts released Wednesday.
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Glick partners on $30M downtown apartment development

February 14, 2011
Cory Schouten
The lead developer on a long-delayed proposal to redevelop the former Bank One Operations Center has landed a powerhouse partner: apartment developer Gene B. Glick Co.
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Troubled DiRimini real estate development facing foreclosure

February 12, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The 31-unit apartment project at the southeast corner of Capitol Avenue and St. Clair Street has been in limbo since city officials found numerous building code violations.
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City agency signs off on North of South site plans

February 10, 2011
Scott Olson
Regional Center Hearing Examiner gives blessing to the $155 million development's master plan. Site plans will go before the Metropolitan Development Commission on March 2.
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Council to vote on funding for North of South project

February 7, 2011
The City-County Council will consider Monday evening whether to allow the city to issue $98 million in bonds to finance a portion of the controversial $155 million development.
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Fix-up list is long as Indianapolis prepares for 2012 Super Bowl

January 29, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Plenty of opportunities await city officials bent on making downtown shine for the massive event.
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City push on building codes draws gripesRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A vigorous effort by city officials to enforce building-safety codes has some concerned that it’s becoming tougher to revitalize older properties.
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Vote on North of South project's bond financing delayed

January 21, 2011
Scott Olson
The city's Economic Development Committee, which was set to vote on the downtown project's $98 million bond financing package on Tuesday, chose to wait until February after making a few changes.
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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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