What ever happened?

September 11, 2007
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Following up on a few old posts:


Canterbury HotelNo Canterbury Sale Yet. Canterbury Hotel owner Donald Fortunato said he's getting close to a sale of the 12-story hotel, but the deal is not done. A hotel employee announced at a Wholesale District meeting in July that a sale was complete. Local businessman Fred Klipsch tells Property Lines that an investment group he's involved with participated in discussions to buy the hotel at 123 S. Illinois St., but decided not to go forward with a transaction. Original post.


City Sells Martindale Land. The city has found a buyer for the old Ertel Manufacturing plant at 2045 Dr. Andrew J. Brown Ave. Major Tool and Machine Inc. has agreed to pay $448,267.50 (below the minimum asking price of $548,000) for the 7.5-acre property in the Martindale neighborhood. The company plans to build a new manufacturing facility. The city also agreed to spend about $1.5 million to tear down the old buildings. Original post.


Walsingham Condos Are a Go. The wait is over for renovation of The Walsingham at Delaware and 16th streets. Developer Carlos Figueroa has received final approval from both the Herron Morton Place Foundation and Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission to build a parking lot on the former home of the Herron School foundry. A chunk of the building collapsed in June, after water pooled on the roof. The $1.1-million project calls for nine condos. Original posts.

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  • What about the Indiana Ave. parcel previously owned by the state that was sold to condo developers?
  • also, how about flaherty and collins' canal project?
  • ....to predictibility? The milkman, the paperboy, evening TV?
  • I'll ask around and see what I can find out. Anyone else heard anything?
  • There is a zoning hearing regarding part of the Flaherty & Collins proposal today.
  • Any restaurant updates? Did those Argentinian or Cuban places ever open downtown?
  • Steve -- I think work is on-going for the Argentinian place (Taste of Tango) though I haven't heard any specific details. As for the Cuban place (TaTa's Cuban Cafe), Indianapolis Monthly's The Dish had this to say in yesterday's email:

    Cuba Goodies
    Come the end of the month, downtowners can lunch in the shadow of the State House on cafe con leche and Cuban sandwiches at TaTa Cuban Cafe (137 W. Market St.). Cuban-born owner Alfredo Gonzales-Bonne, a Havana restaurant veteran, says his shop (named for his mother) will also open on Friday and Saturday nights for Cuban Jazz and mojitos.
  • thanks cdc guy. one other - is there any progress on the ips bus facility/coca-cola plant land swap? i really think that is one of the biggest catalysts to helping downtown prosper...
  • Ryan, I asked about the IPS bus facility yesterday. Word from IPS is they're still researching the deal. They hope to recommend a course of action to the school board sometime in November.
  • So TaTa's is only open for lunch durning the week then CorrND? According to what I'm seeing here it's only open Friday and Saturday for evening dinning.
  • What happened to the BW3 that was supposed to be opened on the eastside? I have looked and looked in the area that was reported and can't find any activity of any kind that looks like a restaurant opening.

    Any info would be appreciated.
  • Any news on mass transit in Indy?
  • Is it just me or is it a little weird that the owner of TaTa's says it's named for his mother? Maybe TaTa is like MaMa in Cuba, but where I grew up talking about someone's mother's TaTa's was as good as asking to start a fistfight. Etymology Beat reporter, please investigate!
  • awesome, thanks cory
  • What is the status of the proposed hotel connected to the new Indianapolis airport terminal?
  • Mark and Steve,
    I've got both your questions on my list of regular checks. I'll let you know when I hear anything. Meanwhile, if anyone else has information, please chime in.
  • I know for a fact that the new hotel at the airport is in the design phase right now. Can't go into too many details due to non-disclosure agreements but the drawings are supposed to be submitted for approval very soon.
  • TaTa Cuban Cafe is open now. They serve great sandwiches and Cuban coffee, bakery and more.
    Free wireless internet....

    TaTa Cuban Cafe
    137 W Market St
    Indianapolis IN 46204

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  1. If I were a developer I would be looking at the Fountain Square and Fletcher Place neighborhoods instead of Broad Ripple. I would avoid the dysfunctional BRVA with all of their headaches. It's like deciding between a Blackberry or an iPhone 5s smartphone. BR is greatly in need of updates. It has become stale and outdated. Whereas Fountain Square, Fletcher Place and Mass Ave have become the "new" Broad Ripples. Every time I see people on the strip in BR on the weekend I want to ask them, "How is it you are not familiar with Fountain Square or Mass Ave? You have choices and you choose BR?" Long vacant storefronts like the old Scholar's Inn Bake House and ZA, both on prominent corners, hurt the village's image. Many business on the strip could use updated facades. Cigarette butt covered sidewalks and graffiti covered walls don't help either. The whole strip just looks like it needs to be power washed. I know there is more to the BRV than the 700-1100 blocks of Broad Ripple Ave, but that is what people see when they think of BR. It will always be a nice place live, but is quickly becoming a not-so-nice place to visit.

  2. I sure hope so and would gladly join a law suit against them. They flat out rob people and their little punk scam artist telephone losers actually enjoy it. I would love to run into one of them some day!!

  3. Biggest scam ever!! Took 307 out of my bank ac count. Never received a single call! They prey on new small business and flat out rob them! Do not sign up with these thieves. I filed a complaint with the ftc. I suggest doing the same ic they robbed you too.

  4. Woohoo! We're #200!!! Absolutely disgusting. Bring on the congestion. Indianapolis NEEDS it.

  5. So Westfield invested about $30M in developing Grand Park and attendance to date is good enough that local hotel can't meet the demand. Carmel invested $180M in the Palladium - which generates zero hotel demand for its casino acts. Which Mayor made the better decision?

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