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Old March 3rd, 2010, 03:32 PM   #141
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Old March 3rd, 2010, 04:47 PM   #142
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Originally Posted by randella View Post
for indianapolis? good luck... especially considering it is wood framed! i can't believe they would build something like this without using concrete. anything over three or four floors should be built with higher standards.
Personally I agree that the prices appear a bit outrageous. However, if you look at this post from a couple weeks ago, they don't seem to be having any problem leasing units.

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There was a piece on WTHR just a little bit ago about people moving into the Cosmo:


218 apartments when complete
86 are finished
47 are leased
10 are occupied
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Old March 3rd, 2010, 11:16 PM   #143
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Thanks for the pictures Cailes. Hopefully they'll take the white wall down in the next month or so. It'll be great to see how it looks without that ugly thing blocking the view of the lower floors and "plaza" area.
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From The Indianapolis Star:

Brandon L. Burns waited nearly 14 months in jail for trial on charges that he set fire to the Cosmopolitan on the Canal apartments, but the case against him fell apart Friday -- three days before his trial was to begin.

Prosecutor Carl Brizzi issued a brief statement saying he had dropped the charges and was launching grand jury proceedings to review the case, possibly considering charges against other individuals in the March 2009 fire on the Downtown Canal.

Whether investigators can turn up new evidence long after debris has been cleaned up and reconstruction on the apartments has been completed is unclear. Investigators say they will continue to look for suspects, but Indianapolis Fire Department officials expressed disappointment with the prosecutor's decision.

"He (Burns) was there. He put himself there," said Capt. Cliff Johnson, commander of IFD's fire investigation section. "In my opinion, it was a good case. It was a winnable case."

Prosecutors cited problems with evidence in their motion to dismiss two counts of arson and a count of intimidation, filed Friday in Marion Superior Court. Burns' trial was to start Monday.

"We are confident that this dismissal is absolutely the right thing to do," Brizzi said in the statement. "The prosecutors involved in this lengthy investigation recommended this course of action."

Burns, 24, declined a request to be interviewed Friday. He remained in the Marion County Jail with bond set at $500,000, though he was set to be released as soon as his paperwork was processed.

Burns' stepfather said the family was relieved that the case was dismissed, but he criticized prosecutors for waiting so long.

"Their explanation is very weak," Earl Jameson said. "They realized they didn't have anything, which is what we tried to tell them in the very beginning. Brandon wasn't capable of setting this fire."

Jameson said the blaze appeared to be the work of an experienced arsonist, not "a 23-year-old homeless man."

Attempts to reach Burns' court-appointed attorneys, Matt Jeziorski and Jane Ruemmele, were not successful.

Indianapolis defense attorney Bob Hammerle, who was not involved in the case, decried what he called a miscarriage of justice.

"An indigent guy with no contacts and no influence gets thrown in jail for a year for a crime he didn't commit. How do you say you're sorry for that? You can't," Hammerle said. He said the prosecutor's office owes Burns and his family more than a dismissal of the charges.

"There ought to be a public apology," Hammerle said. "There was something wrong with this case from the beginning."

Officials of Cosmopolitan on the Canal developer, Indianapolis-based Flaherty & Collins, said they were disappointed that charges were dropped but pledged to work with the prosecutor's office to find out who started the fire at the $37 million complex at 310 W. Michigan St.

"We appreciate the state's desire to be thorough in its investigation of this matter and ensure the guilty party is brought to justice," Flaherty & Collins spokesman Mark Conover said in a release.

"As a victim of this crime, we are grateful for the time and effort Mr. Brizzi, his staff and law enforcement have put into this case so far, as well as their desire to continue to investigate the fire. Flaherty & Collins Properties will continue to cooperate in the arson investigation."

The first residents moved into the apartment complex Feb. 1, the release said. About 60 percent of the 218 available units have been leased.

Burns has been jailed since his arrest about two weeks after the fire. Before charging Burns, prosecutors and police sifted through a raft of conflicting statements and other evidence.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Burns' ex-girlfriend, Summer Bass, told police that Burns called her the morning of the fire and said he had started it, adding that he was going to burn down her house, too. Burns also told five witnesses he set the fire, prosecutors said.

Burns initially denied involvement, but his alibi didn't check out, prosecutors said at the time. He later told authorities he was present when another homeless man used Burns' lighter to set a bonfire inside.

Bass could not be reached for comment Friday. She told The Indianapolis Star at the time Burns was charged that she didn't think he set the fire.

Friday's dismissal was a blow to prosecutors and police, who appeared to have few leads in the case before they began to focus on Burns.

"We did a thorough investigation," IFD spokeswoman Capt. Rita Reith said. "We certainly felt we arrested the right person. . . . Once we turn it over to the prosecutor, he has the final call."

Lt. Jeff Duhamell, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department spokesman, said the case will remain open, and investigators will ask for and follow up on leads. He did not know what, if any, suspects or leads investigators will be following.
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Old May 18th, 2010, 07:34 PM   #145
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The whole situation was retarded... watching it on TV was one of those, "Are you kidding me?" minuntes?
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