North side project to include Paradise

May 11, 2007
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Office/Retail projectA two-building office and retail complex at the corner of Meridian and 96th Street will include a Paradise Bakery & Cafe and a McAlister's Deli. Landmark Properties is developing the 45,700-square-foot project just south of McDonald's. One of the buildings will be three stories and the other will be two. Both will include retail on the first floor. The project was designed by Noblesville-based Curran Architecture.
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  • You know what else would go great there? A Starbucks!
  • Anyone know whats gonna happen with the closed Kro-ghetto at 96th and Meridian?
  • The parking lot in that rendering looks great!
  • this looks like a nice development (again, higher density!), but i agree with liberty bell (ha ha - nice name) with the parking lot. i hope that will be towards the back. this city, for some reason, neglects to put buildings right up on the sidewalk. that creates sprawl and it's unfortunate and annoys me everytime i see a project like that. we should be encouraging pedestrian traffic with every new development (less car trips, more calories burned). but again, this will be a nice overall addition to a marquis area in need of some polishing...
  • The parking is on the west side of the building. The rendering is from the west looking east. Meridian Street would be int he background. The building is pushed up as close to Meridian Street as zoning ordinances will permit, with just a drive lane between the grass/landscaping that will exist between Meridian and the buildings.
  • I'm glad Curran Architecture has been chosen for this building. I like a lot of their other work, like the animal hospital on Rangeline Road in Carmel. Their style is a lot of midwestern-prairie style updated with a very clean, modern chic.
  • Shawn, thanks for the clarification!

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  1. Cramer agrees...says don't buy it and sell it if you own it! Their "pay to play" cost is this issue. As long as they charge customers, they never will attain the critical mass needed to be a successful on company...Jim Cramer quote.

  2. My responses to some of the comments would include the following: 1. Our offer which included the forgiveness of debt (this is an immediate forgiveness and is not "spread over many years")represents debt that due to a reduction of interest rates in the economy arguably represents consideration together with the cash component of our offer that exceeds the $2.1 million apparently offered by another party. 2. The previous $2.1 million cash offer that was turned down by the CRC would have netted the CRC substantially less than $2.1 million. As a result even in hindsight the CRC was wise in turning down that offer. 3. With regard to "concerned Carmelite's" discussion of the previous financing Pedcor gave up $16.5 million in City debt in addition to the conveyance of the garage (appraised at $13 million)in exchange for the $22.5 million cash and debt obligations. The local media never discussed the $16.5 million in debt that we gave up which would show that we gave $29.5 million in value for the $23.5 million. 4.Pedcor would have been much happier if Brian was still operating his Deli and only made this offer as we believe that we can redevelop the building into something that will be better for the City and City Center where both Pedcor the citizens of Carmel have a large investment. Bruce Cordingley, President, Pedcor

  3. I've been looking for news on Corner Bakery, too, but there doesn't seem to be any info out there. I prefer them over Panera and Paradise so can't wait to see where they'll be!

  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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