Development/Redevelopment

Controversial Broad Ripple office project gets go-ahead

March 20, 2014
Scott Olson
Metropolitan Development Commission members this time voted to approve the project on North College Avenue after a bizarre procedural twist last time prompted a re-vote.
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City pitches case for jail on former GM plant site

March 19, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Director of Enterprise Development David Rosenberg met with west-side residents Tuesday evening to explain the city's preference for putting a new criminal-justice complex on the former GM stamping plant property.
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City to consider $7.7M bond issue to assist Broad Ripple project

March 18, 2014
Scott Olson
Browning Investments Inc. says that it is seeking $5.7 million from the bond issue to help finance Canal Pointe, its controversial $30 million apartments-and-retail project.
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Home-remodeling firm giving new life to vacant Carmel center

March 18, 2014
Scott Olson
The vacant, 14,500-square-foot property in the heart of the city has been purchased by a local home-remodeling company, which plans to occupy half the building and lease the rest.
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Lawmaker Turner worked to nix nursing home ban

March 17, 2014
Associated Press
A powerful House Republican secretly lobbied colleagues in the final hours of the 2014 session last week to kill a measure that would have been disastrous for his family's nursing home business.
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Council backs city financing plan for $81M tower

March 17, 2014
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis City-County Council voted 18-9 Monday night to provide up to $23 million in city financing for the project, with the stipulation that 30 percent of the workers hired to build the 28-story building live in Marion County.
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UPDATE: Mayor picks GM site for criminal justice complex

March 13, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard will recommend that a proposed criminal justice complex be located on the former GM stamping plant on the western side of downtown—not the airport property that ranked highest in a market study.
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UPDATE: Anderson schools extend Wigwam gym deadline

March 12, 2014
Associated Press
The Anderson Community School Board is holding off demolition plans for the district's Wigwam gymnasium and giving more time to leaders of an effort trying to save it.
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Developer to break ground on Fort Ben project

March 11, 2014
Tom Harton
The 36,000-square-foot building will house 27,000 square feet of office suites. The remainder will be retail, with the local Jockamo's Pizza chain slated to open a restaurant in the largest space.
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Red Cross rethinking downtown HQ design, delaying land swap

March 10, 2014
Scott Olson
Re-examination of the scope of the not-for-profit group's project has stalled progress on a three-way property exchange that would clear the way for a massive apartment project on Massachusetts Avenue.
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No-holds-barred tactics lifted developer Ozdemir

March 8, 2014
Cory Schouten
Ersal Ozdemir, who heads the development and construction firm Keystone Group, has charmed elected officials for years with big ideas—and hundreds of thousands of dollars in political contributions.
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Bill adds oversight to redevelopment commissions

March 4, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana House approved a Senate bill that adds transparency to redevelopment commissions and forces decades-old tax-increment financing districts to expire.
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Indiana Landmarks rescues endangered Jewish landmark

March 4, 2014
Scott Olson
The preservation group paid $50,000 to rescue the near-north side temple on Ruckle Street, which was first occupied by the Beth-El congregation. After a roof replacement, officials hope to find a tenant for the historic building.
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Committee urges hiring commitment for $81M MSA tower project

March 3, 2014
Scott Olson
A City-County Council committee recommended approval for the 28-story building but only if the developer pledges that 30 percent of the workers it hires to build the tower live in Marion County.
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Council hopes historic value nixes IU land swap

March 2, 2014
Associated Press
Bloomington leaders would like a proposed new historic designation to persuade Indiana University to think twice about a land-swap plan that could include razing six houses to make way for a new fraternity building.
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Kite floats two-tower Pan Am Plaza projectRestricted Content

March 1, 2014
Scott Olson
The latest plan to redevelop Pan Am Plaza calls for two hotels, residential units and restaurants spread across two towers as tall as 20 stories each, sources familiar with the details told IBJ.
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New owner to spend $51M firing up Noblesville foundry site

February 25, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
ID Castings LLC plans to resurrect the property on South Eighth Street, an eyesore that has been underused for years. The company is asking the city for a $1.3 million tax break.
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Fishers' mayoral candidates disagree on best growth strategyRestricted Content

February 22, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The six Republicans vying to be Fishers’ first mayor fall into two camps on the key issue of growth: those who support recent efforts to spur business activity downtown, and those who advocate a more hands-off approach.
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ExactTarget mulls building downtown tower

February 22, 2014
Scott Olson
ExactTarget Inc. is evaluating downtown sites where it could build a headquarters tower as large as 500,000 square feet, real estate brokers familiar with the discussions told IBJ.
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UIndy plans $50M in expansion projects

February 21, 2014
J.K. Wall
The bulk of the money, to be spent over five years, will go to a 134,000-square-foot health sciences center, which will provide training space for the university's nursing, physical therapy and other health care students.
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Weaver's site sale could lead to Broad Ripple village-park connector

February 21, 2014
Scott Olson
Weaver's Lawn & Garden Shop at 1316 Broad Ripple Ave. has been in business for decades. Now that family members have sold the property, local leaders hope the land eventually can serve as a recreational link.
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Broad Ripple brokers propose office project on College Avenue

February 18, 2014
Scott Olson
Scott Lindenberg and Thomas Willey want to replace two rental homes they own just north of Kessler Boulevard with a 5,700-square-foot, two-story office building.
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Developer pitches $28M project for Fishers Train Station site

February 17, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Officials are expected to vote Monday night on a proposed $28 million redevelopment of the Fishers Train Station site, the final piece of an ambitious plan that seeks to transform the town’s municipal complex into a hub of activity.
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Zionsville sticks with big-box ban despite growth push

February 15, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Even as retail development continues to proliferate just outside Zionsville’s borders, town officials say they remain committed to an 8-year-old zoning ordinance banning big-box stores.
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Artist Noel to sell Sanctuary in Zionsville, relocate to New York City

February 13, 2014
Lou Harry
Nancy Noel is putting the massive gallery and event space on the market for $1.85 million. She'll keep her residence in the area, but plans to open a gallery in the Big Apple.
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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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