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Lawsuit puts Calle 52 in park

March 9, 2011
Plans are on hold for a new Latin restaurant at 52nd Street and College Avenue after a fellow restaurant owner sued to overturn city approval of a parking variance.

Granite City, Au Bon Pain join Indianapolis airport offerings

March 4, 2011
Granite City Food & Brewery and Au Bon Pain are slated to replace a former TGI Friday's restaurant at the Indianapolis International Airport.

Work begins on mixed-use Trail Side on Mass Ave

February 24, 2011
Construction began this week on Trail Side on Mass Ave, a four-story apartment and retail project by Riley Area Development Corp and Monument Realty.

The case for eminent domain: Exhibit A

February 17, 2011
When the scaffolding went up at 42 E. Washington St., so did the hopes of many of its neighbors.

Borders bankruptcy claims downtown bookstore

February 16, 2011
It seemed inevitable but now it's official: Borders plans to close the downtown Indianapolis store as part of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization.

Developer plans $24M second phase for Cosmopolitan

February 11, 2011
The developer Flaherty & Collins is finalizing plans for a second phase of Cosmopolitan on the Canal that calls for 162 more apartments and 180 parking spaces at a cost of about $24 million.

Classic roadside diner finds new home at Angie's List

February 3, 2011
There's a new landmark at the Angie's List campus just east of downtown: A restored 1937 diner.

Restaurant roundup: Potbelly, The Sweet Life, Bebop Pizza, 10-01

January 31, 2011
Several new restaurants including new local names and popular chains are slated to open soon in central Indiana.

Historic Chadwick building coming down after fire

January 25, 2011
Workers are tearing down what's left of an historic downtown apartment building after a two-alarm fire this morning.

New dining on the way for 82nd Street: Harry & Izzy's, MacKenzie River Pizza Co.

January 18, 2011
Two new restaurants are in the works for a prime stretch of 82nd Street between Fashion Mall at Keystone and Castleton Square Mall: MacKenzie River Pizza Company and a new location for downtown favorite Harry & Izzy's.

First Indiana Lego store planned for Castleton Square

January 12, 2011
Great news for Lego fans of all ages: The privately held Danish company known for its toy construction sets is planning its first Indiana store, at Castleton Square Mall.

California Pizza Kitchen to replace Alcatraz & more

January 10, 2011
California Pizza Kitchen plans to replace Alcatraz Brewing Co. on the first floor of Circle Centre mall. Alcatraz has occupied the space at the southeast corner of Illinois and Maryland streets since the mall opened in 1995. The Los Angeles-based chain does not currently have any restaurants in Indiana.

New Artsgarden skywalk will connect with PNC Center

December 23, 2010
The fourth skywalk connection to the Indianapolis Artsgarden is moving forward more than 15 years after the landmark structure opened.

Roundup: Urban Element, Lovers Lane, Jets Pizza, IHOP, Taco Bell, Music Mill

December 14, 2010
Urban Element reopens under new ownership and several pizza chains plan new stores.

Groundbreaking nears for $7.5M Fletcher Arts project

December 3, 2010
Developer and architect Craig Von Deylen is finalizing plans for a mixed-use project called Fletcher Arts just west of the intersection of Virginia Avenue and East McCarty Street.

Hotel Broad Ripple developer planning 'green' features

November 29, 2010
A local company is finalizing plans for a 22-room hotel between Westfield Boulevard and the Monon Trail in Broad Ripple.

New renderings just in: Buckingham's North of South

November 22, 2010
The local developer Buckingham Cos. just filed detailed plans of its $150-million North of South development, including street-level renderings of most of the proposed buildings.

City gaining one paved parking lot, losing another

November 19, 2010
As parking lots go, it will be one of the city's nicest. Perimeter landscaping. Tree islands to break up 354 spaces. Smart light fixtures. But the new pavement proposed for the former home of Market Square Arena also is an admission of failure.

School acquires remainder of former Herron Art Institute

November 18, 2010
Herron High School has acquired the parts of the former Herron Art Institute it did not already control, including the historic Fessler Building and a parking lot, from Minkis Builders for about $500,000.

Roundup: Jockamo, Red Habanero, Black Market, Candy Bouquet & more

November 8, 2010
Several new restaurants and stores are coming to Indianapolis just in time for the holiday rush.

Fresh rendering: $7.6M senior apartments and retail

November 5, 2010
Keystone Construction plans to break ground next week on a $7.6 million senior apartment building at 10th Street and Keystone Avenue.

McOuat: Before and after

November 4, 2010
Check out the progress on the McOuat Building after a five-month exterior renovation.

New restaurant Hue taking over for Taste of Tango

October 27, 2010
A new restaurant and lounge called Hue is taking over the former Taste of Tango space at the northwest corner of Washington and Pennsylvania streets.

Kroger drops plans for Michigan Road store

October 26, 2010
The locally owned landscape center Altum's said in a note to customers last week that Kroger has withdrawn plans to build a new grocery store on the nursery property on the edge of Carmel.

Fire marshal: DiRimini lacks fire walls, sprinkler system

October 22, 2010
The state's fire marshal issued an emergency order Thursday barring occupancy of the DiRimini apartment project after the developer apparently continued to move in residents in defiance of city orders.

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