Development/Redevelopment

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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Proposed criminal justice complex draws five bidders

February 12, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
In the meantime, city officials are arranging to meet with lawyers, judges and residents who are concerned about moving jails and courts from downtown's core.
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$80M project on tap for Keystone at the CrossingRestricted Content

February 8, 2014
Scott Olson
A local developer plans to build a hotel, apartments, offices and retail space on the last two vacant parcels in Keystone at the Crossing.
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Architecture firm closing, renovated HQ on block

February 7, 2014
Scott Olson
A2SO4 Architecture LLC has begun to wind down operations as a bank forecloses on a couple of construction loans for its new headquarters with a total balance of more than $1 million.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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