Real Estate

Pizza restaurants in works; wine shop heading to Fishers

November 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Hot Box Pizza plans to open a downtown location in the Harness Factory Lofts building, and WineTyme, a new local shop selling wines, craft beers and gourmet food, is coming to Fishers.
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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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Premier Properties founder gets home detention for fraud

November 18, 2009
Cory Schouten
A judge on Wednesday afternoon sentenced Christopher P. White to one year on home detention and three years of probation in connection with a $500,000 bad check he wrote last year as he tried to save his real estate development firm, Premier Properties USA Inc.
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Simon exploring bid to purchase rival General Growth

November 18, 2009
General Growth is the second-largest U.S. mall owner, trailing only Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group, with more than 200 regional malls in 44 states.
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City Market gets OK to evict anchor Constantino's

November 14, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
The cash-strapped, half-vacant City Market is playing legal hardball with five current or former tenants that are behind on rent, a move that’s led to the imminent eviction of Constantino’s Market Place.
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Teachers' pension fund poised to buy downtown building from DukeRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Indiana State Teachers’ Retirement Fund is negotiating to buy a 12-story office building across from the Statehouse in what could be the year’s largest downtown office transaction.
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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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National, state foreclosure filings fall

November 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana foreclosure filings were down only 1.5 percent in October from the previous month, but have fallen a whopping 18.5 percent from October 2008.
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Local man gets 37 months in mortgage-fraud scheme

November 10, 2009
Cory Schouten
A federal judge has ordered an Indianapolis man to serve 37 months in prison and pay $1.7 million in restitution for his role in a massive mortgage fraud scheme.
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Tax credit helps boost area home sales 20 percent

November 10, 2009
Scott Olson
A federal tax credit that benefits first-time homebuyers is helping to bring home sales in the nine-county Indianapolis area out of their funk.
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Van Rooy scoops up troubled complex

November 10, 2009
Tom Harton
Van Rooy Properties plans to spend $5.5 million renovating a 277-unit west side apartment complex that it acquired a month ago in an unusual deal.
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Duke Realty's chief operating officer resigns

November 9, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indianapolis-based Duke Realty Corp. announced Monday that its chief operating officer will leave the company at the end of the year.
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Allen Plaza developer bullish on downtown, eager for next project

November 7, 2009
Cory Schouten
J. Greg Allen sees the $14 million Allen Plaza renovation as a message to city leaders that he intends to leave a lasting mark on downtown.
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Failed Charlotte skyscraper brings Indianapolis developer back to earth

November 7, 2009
Greg Andrews
The Flaherty & Collins project—dubbed 210 Trade—would have been the tallest residential building in the Carolinas, with more floors than any building in the region except the Charlotte headquarters of Bank of America Corp.
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WOODS: Too many contractors misleading prospectsRestricted Content

November 7, 2009
Jeremy Woods
Some contractors, many of whom are desperate to replenish backlogs decimated by the recession, are not telling prospective clients the whole story about exit strategies.
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IUPUI mulling options for old Wishard Hospital siteRestricted Content

November 7, 2009
J.K. Wall
The most obvious use for the old Wishard site is an expansion of the Indiana University School of Medicine, particularly for medical research space, university administrators said.
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IURC conducts review of Centennial's telecom serviceRestricted Content

November 7, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Every neighborhood has its battles, but the 1,017-resident Centennial subdivision in Westfield is embroiled in one of the most unusual: a very public fight over the adequacy of its phone, Internet and video service.
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Kite Realty takes big write-off, dragging down quarterly results

November 5, 2009
Cory Schouten
Kite Realty Group Trust reported a 70 percent drop in funds from operations for the quarter ended Sept. 30, after the Indianapolis-based developer wrote off the entire book value of a Dallas strip center.
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City Market board sought 3-year closure for redevelopment

November 3, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Board president says he quit after Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard declined proposal to shut down historic landmark until 2013 for major renovation.
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Properties in play along Market Street

November 3, 2009
Tom Harton
Four properties for sale along a two-block stretch of East Market Street downtown are likely to offer the first signs of what’s in store for an area real estate brokers think will get a boost from the recent removal of the Market Street interstate ramp.
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Downtown upscale eateries cancel their lunch plans

October 30, 2009
Mason King
While fast food remains a favorite for value-minded patrons, several higher-end restaurants in the Mile Square and its nearby environs have decided in the last year to pull the tablecloth out from under their lunch service.
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Developer buying Fountain Square building; museum lined up as tenant

October 30, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Architect and developer Craig Von Deylen hopes to close by next week on the purchase of the Murphy Arts Center in Fountain Square and is in the process of signing new tenants, including the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art.
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State rejects high bid for 19-acre parcel near downtown

October 30, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Indiana Finance Authority declined to sell a 19-acre development parcel between the White River and Fall Creek near downtown Indianapolis after it received only two bids at an auction Thursday.
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Simon reports slight improvement in quarterly results

October 30, 2009
Cory Schouten
Simon Property Group Inc. reported slightly higher funds from operation for its fiscal third quarter, but FFO fell on a per-share basis thanks to the company's issuance of more than 50 million new shares so far this year.
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NCAA approves $35M addition to Indianapolis headquarters

October 29, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The NCAA executive committee on Thursday approved a $35 million addition to the governing body's headquarters in White River State Park in Indianapolis.
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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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