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The Largest Selection of Wholesale Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products in Indianapolis

When it comes to trying new, exciting cuisine, few foods hit the spot like a deliciously fresh Mediterranean meal. However, we know that it can be very difficult to find authentic Mediterranean grocery wholesalers in Indianapolis, IN. Having lived in metro Atlanta for years, we realized that our customers needed an easy way to find quality wholesale Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food in bulk. That is why we created Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market - to give everyone a chance to enjoy tasty, healthy food, desserts, and authentic Mediterranean gifts at wholesale prices.

Founded in 2009, Nazareth Grocery has become one of Indianapolis's leading international wholesale grocery stores. We are very proud to serve our customers and do everything in our power to give them the largest selection of high-quality wholesale goods available.

If you're looking for the freshest, most delicious Middle Eastern wholesale products and ingredients, you will find them here at the best prices in the state. We encourage you to swing by our store in Marietta to see our selection for yourself. We think that you will be impressed!

The Nazareth Difference

At Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market, our mission is simple: bring you and your family the largest selection of wholesale Mediterranean products in Indianapolis. When coupled with our helpful, friendly staff and authentic Middle Eastern atmosphere, it's easy to see why we are the top Middle Eastern grocery wholesaler in Indianapolis, IN. We're proud to carry just about every kind of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern product that you can think of, from prepared meals and hookahs to fine seasonings and sweets. We're here for our customers and want each one of them to have a unique, one-of-a-kind experience when they shop with us.

Our loyal customers love our selection of the following wholesale foods and gifts:

  • Fresh Breads
  • OlivesOlives
  • HummusHummus
  • CheesesCheeses
  • SaucesSauces
  • Savory-FoodsSavory Foods
  • DessertsDesserts
  • DrinksDrinks
  • HookahsHookahs
  • TobaccoTobacco
  • SaucesGifts
  • Much More!Much More!

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Most Popular Wholesale Mediterranean Foods

There is so much more to Mediterranean food than pizza and pasta. The perfect climate combined with delicious foods and amazing wine makes the Mediterranean incredibly irresistible. That's why our customers absolutely love to buy this kind of cuisine in bulk. Every country in this region has its own set of specialties and delicacies, each with its own flavors and styles of preparation.

Mediterranean countries include:

  • France
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Turkey
  • Syria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Spain
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So, when it comes to the most popular wholesale Mediterranean products in Indianapolis,
what are we talking about?

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Feta Cheese

Feta cheese is a classic Mediterranean dairy product that is often enjoyed on its own, in Greek salads, on bread, or mixed with zucchini. Depending on where the feta is sourced and produced, the cheese can be made from cow, sheep, or goat milk, or even a combination of the three. Regardless of the animal it comes from, this delicious cheese is a crowd favorite.

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Baba Ganoush

This Levantine dish is one of the most well-known Mediterranean dishes to eat in the United States. It typically comes in the form of a dip, served with pita or another kind of dipping bread. Commonly served before dinner as an appetizer of sorts, it usually features tahini, eggplant, garlic, spices, and sometimes yogurt. This tasty cuisine works great as a spread on a sandwich, or you can even eat it with a spoon, all on its own.

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Baklava

If you have never tried authentic baklava before, get ready to have your mind blown. This dessert is a traditional Mediterranean food that will have your taste buds craving more and more. Once you open a box of baklava from our Mediterranean grocery wholesaler in Indianapolis, IN, you won't want to stop eating! Baklava is made with layers of thin filo dough, which is layered together, filled with chopped nuts (think pistachios), and sealed with honey or syrup. Baklava is so good that its origins are debated, leaving many wondering which country invented the dessert. Everyone from the Turks to the Greeks and even Middle Easterners hold unique takes on baklava. Try each one to discover your favorite!

Most Popular Wholesale Middle Eastern Foods

Fresh, healthy, aromatic, rich: it's no wonder that the popularity of Middle Eastern cuisine and products has skyrocketed in the United States. This genre of cuisine features a large variety of foods, from Halvah to Labneh. If there were one common theme throughout all Middle Eastern food, it would be the bright, vibrant herbs and spices that are used. These flavorings help create rich, complex flavors that foodies fawn over. Typically, Middle Eastern food is piled high for all to eat, with enough food for an entire republic to put down.

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Tabbouleh

This refreshing, healthy dish is chock-full of greens, herbs, tomatoes, and bulgur (or cracked wheat), creating a memorable, bold flavor. This dish may be eaten on its own or paired with a shawarma sandwich or helping of falafel. It's best to buy your ingredients in bulk to make this dish because it tastes best freshly made with family around to enjoy. Just be sure to bring a toothpick to the tabbouleh party - you're almost certain to have some leafy greens stuck in your teeth after eating.

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Shawarma

We mentioned shawarma above, and for good reason - this dish is enjoyed by men and women around the world, and of course, right here in the U.S. Except for falafel, this might be the most popular Middle Eastern food item in history. Shawarma is kind of like a Greek gyro, with slow-roasted meat stuffed in laffa with veggies and sauce. The blend of spices and the smoky meat mix together to create a tangy, meaty flavor that you will want to keep eating for hours. For western-style shawarma, try using beef or chicken. For a more traditional meal, try using lamb from our Middle Eastern grocery distributor in Indianapolis, IN.

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Hummus

Traditionally used as a dip meant for fresh pita, hummus is a combo of chickpeas, garlic, and tahini, blended together until silky, smooth, and creamy. You can find hummus in just about any appetizer section of a Middle Eastern restaurant menu. That's because it's considered a staple of Middle Eastern food that can be enjoyed by itself, as a spread, or with fresh-baked pita bread. Hummus is also very healthy, making it a no-brainer purchase from our grocery store.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

If there's one diet that is most well-known for its health benefits, it has got to be the Mediterranean diet. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report listed the Mediterranean diet as No. 1 on its best over diet list. This incredible diet has been cited to help with weight loss, brain health, heart health, diabetes prevention, and cancer prevention.

Whether you already love Mediterranean food or you're looking to make some positive changes in your life, this "diet" is for you. Eating cuisine like Greek food, Persian food, Turkish food, and Italian food is healthy and tastes great. Even better than that? At Nazareth Wholesale Grocery, we have many staples of the Mediterranean diet for sale in bulk so that you can stock up on your favorites at the best prices around.

So, what exactly is the Mediterranean diet?

It is a way of eating that incorporates traditional Greek, Italian, and other Mediterranean cultures' foods. These foods are often plant-based and make up the foundation of the diet, along with olive oil. Fish, seafood, dairy, and poultry are also included in moderation. Red meat and sweets are only eaten in moderation, not in abundance. Mediterranean food includes many forms of nuts, fruits, vegetables, fish, seeds, and more. Of course, you can find at them all at our wholesale Mediterranean grocery store!

Here are just a few of the many benefits of eating a healthy Mediterranean diet:

Reduced Risk of Heart Disease

Reduced Risk
of Heart Disease

Many studies have been conducted on this diet, many of which report that Mediterranean food is excellent for your heart. Some of the most promising evidence comes from a randomized clinical trial published in 2013. For about five years, researchers followed 7,000 men and women around the country of Spain. These people had type 2 diabetes or were at a high risk for cardiovascular disease. Participants in the study who ate an unrestricted Mediterranean diet with nuts and extra-virgin olive oil were shown to have a 30% lower risk of heart events.

Reduced Risk of Stroke for Women

Reduced Risk
of Stroke for Women

In addition to the heart-healthy benefits of a Mediterranean diet, studies have shown that eating healthy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods can reduce the chances of stroke in women. The study was conducted in the U.K., which included women between the ages of 40 and 77. Women who stuck to the Mediterranean diet showed a lower risk of having a stroke - especially women who were at high risk of having one.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

First and foremost, purchase your Mediterranean and Middle Eastern wholesale foods from Nazareth Grocery - we're always updating our inventory! Getting started on this healthy, delicious diet is easy.

Try these tips:

Try these tips

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Instead of unhealthy sweets like candy and ice cream, try eating fresh fruit instead. It's refreshing, tasty, and often packed with great vitamins and nutrients.

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Try eating fish twice a week, in lieu of red meat. Fish is much healthier and doesn't have the unfortunate side effects of red meat, like inflammation.

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Try planning out your meals using beans, whole grains, and veggies. Don't start with meats and sweets.

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They're tasty, but try to avoid processed foods completely.

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Instead of using butter to flavor your food, use extra virgin olive oil instead. Olive oil contains healthy fats and tastes great too.

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Try to get more exercise and get out of the house. The Mediterranean lifestyle is an active one, best enjoyed in the beautiful sunshine when possible.

Why Buy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products Wholesale?

Buying wholesale and retail are quite different. When you buy products from a wholesaler, you're essentially buying from the middleman between a retail establishment and the manufacturer. Wholesale purchases are almost always made in bulk. Because of that, buyers pay a discounted price. That's great for normal buyers and great for business owners, who can sell those products to profit. This higher price is called the retail price, and it is what traditional customers pay when they enter a retail store.

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An Important Update from the University of Indianapolis Board of Trustees

Dear Members of the University of Indianapolis Community:After ten years as President of the University of Indianapolis, Robert L. Manuel, Ph.D., today will be named the next president of DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Manuel and the Board are working on a leadership transition that will occur before the start of the next academic year.The Board of Trustees has formed a Presidential Search Committee and additional details related to that process and the Committee’s composition will be forthcoming. The Trustee...

Dear Members of the University of Indianapolis Community:

After ten years as President of the University of Indianapolis, Robert L. Manuel, Ph.D., today will be named the next president of DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Manuel and the Board are working on a leadership transition that will occur before the start of the next academic year.

The Board of Trustees has formed a Presidential Search Committee and additional details related to that process and the Committee’s composition will be forthcoming. The Trustees are committed to broad representation and engagement with the full University of Indianapolis community in this important process in the coming months.

Dr. Manuel has created a significant record of service and stewardship of the University of Indianapolis since his arrival in 2012. Driven by the Vision 2030 strategic plan, Dr. Manuel ushered in a modern era at the University, overseeing unprecedented academic, financial, and physical growth.

During his tenure, President Manuel launched the Campaign for the University of Indianapolis, the largest fundraising campaign in University history, which raised more than $100 million over the life of the campaign. From the construction of the Health Pavilion to the creation of the R.B. Annis School of Engineering and the opening of R.B. Annis Hall, and enhancing community partnerships, President Manuel has grown the University’s impact exponentially within the central Indiana region and throughout the Midwest. We are committed and excited to continue that growth into the future.

Thanks in part to the hard work, dedication, and generational impact of Dr. Manuel in finding ways to elevate the stature of the University as an institution and in our community—through the growth of academic programs, sustainability, and the University’s role as a community anchor—we are excited about the depth and breadth of candidates the search process will attract.

While a comprehensive national search is conducted to select the next President of the University of Indianapolis, and to continue the efforts of the previous administration, the Board has appointed Phillip Terry, immediate past Chair of the University’s Board of Trustees, as interim President beginning July 2, 2022 and continuing until a new University President is appointed by the Board.

The University remains in the hands of a talented senior leadership team with the full support of the Board of Trustees. Innovation, adaptation, and a commitment to shared governance have been hallmark qualities of the campus community throughout our history and those bedrock principles will continue to guide the University’s path forward.

We offer our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Manuel for his considerable achievements at the University of Indianapolis and congratulate him on his new opportunity at DePaul University. As we look ahead, the Board of Trustees thanks you for your continued support and invites you to engage with us in this process as we embark on the next chapter in the University’s history.

Sincerely,

David Resnick

University of Indianapolis Board of Trustees

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University of Indianapolis Board of Trustees announces immediate past chair of the Board of Trustees and retired CEO of Monarch Beverage Company Phillip Terry as Interim President

INDIANAPOLIS — Following President Dr. Robert Manuel being named the president-elect of DePaul University, the University of Indianapolis Board of Trustees announced today that it has appointed Phillip Terry, immediate past Chair of the University’s Board of Trustees and retired CEO of Monarch Beverage Company, as Interim President beginning July 2, 2022 and continuing until a ...

INDIANAPOLIS — Following President Dr. Robert Manuel being named the president-elect of DePaul University, the University of Indianapolis Board of Trustees announced today that it has appointed Phillip Terry, immediate past Chair of the University’s Board of Trustees and retired CEO of Monarch Beverage Company, as Interim President beginning July 2, 2022 and continuing until a new University president is appointed by the Board.

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Terry has had a successful 45-year professional career in central Indiana. After graduating from Indiana University, and the Robert H. McKinney School of Law, he was a practicing attorney for 15 years. He then served for thirty years as the CEO of Indianapolis-based Monarch Beverage Company before retiring in 2020. He has also served on a number of boards of directors for civic, professional, not-for-profit, and business organizations; including Wheaton World Wide Moving, Inc., the Julian Center, Visit Indy, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, and Citizens Energy Group. He has spent the last ten years as a member of the University of Indianapolis Board of Trustees.

Terry has also recently served as the Executive-in-Residence through the University’s Stephen F. Fry Professional Edge Center which aims to help students and alumni in a variety of career stages by connecting them with regional and global leaders. The program focuses on career-building through the development of professional relationships and soft skills that are often learned in the professional world. In this role Terry has met with students and alumni—individually and in groups—to mentor them, expand their professional networks and realize their career potential.

“I am deeply honored to accept this interim appointment and serve as a steward for the University of Indianapolis at a time of incredible momentum,” Terry said. “I have the benefit of having been a Board member throughout the entirety of Dr. Manuel’s tenure, so I know the work that has occurred these last ten years to usher in tremendous growth at the University and I am excited to make sure that work continues throughout this important transitional period.”

Terry added, “I am a life-long southsider and have a tremendous amount of pride in both our University and the city of Indianapolis. We will continue to be an anchor for development in our community that will help both Indianapolis generally, and our neighborhood and campus community specifically.”

Chair of the University of Indianapolis Board of Trustees David Resnick said “In appointing an interim president, we sought a candidate with administrative experience, deep ties to the University and community, and someone who was familiar with the ongoing initiatives and strategic planning of the University. Phil brings all that to the table and more. The Board has tremendous confidence in Phil and his leadership as well as his commitment to ensuring the University of Indianapolis remains a leader in higher education, not only locally but nationally. We are grateful to him for accepting the role of Interim President during this important transition.”

The Board of Trustees has formed a Presidential Search Committee and additional details related to that process and the Committee’s composition will be forthcoming. The Trustees are committed to broad representation and engagement with the full University of Indianapolis community in this important process in the coming months.

What They’re Saying about Phil Terry:

President Dr. Robert Manuel

“I have worked very closely with Phil throughout his time on the University’s Board of Trustees and most recently as its immediate past Chair. He has provided important counsel to myself and to my senior leadership team as we have navigated a challenging last two years. As a result he is intimately familiar with University operations and will be able to deftly guide the University, without interruption, as the Board conducts a presidential search.”

Dr. Mary Beth Bagg, Interim Vice President and Provost, University of Indianapolis

“I’ve had the opportunity to see Phil’s thoughtful leadership of the Board first hand and I have always been impressed by his inclusive and reasoned approach to decision-making. I look forward to working with and supporting him in this new role as we continue the forward momentum of the University we have all worked so hard for.”

Andrew Kocher, Vice President for Corporate and Community Partnerships, University of Indianapolis

“Mr. Terry has an impressive career, spanning 45 years in both law and business. The professional network he has built and cultivated has already paid tremendous dividends to our students and alumni through his service to our Executive in Residence program. I’m excited to see how he will continue to make sure that the University of Indianapolis serves as a launchpad for success for our students, at a time when career-readiness is at the forefront of higher education initiatives.”

Brian Payne, President & CEO, Central Indiana Community Foundation and The Indianapolis Foundation

“I am sure Phil will be tremendous in this role. This is a wonderful opportunity and he will continue the University’s great work both in preparing its students for their lives ahead as well as capitalize on the community partnerships the University has fostered in recent years throughout central Indiana, allowing it to be a sustainable and effective community anchor on both the south side and Indianapolis as a whole.”

David L. Johnson, President & CEO, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership

“This is a well-deserved call to service for Phil Terry. President Manuel has been a terrific leader for the University of Indianapolis and for this community, and is someone we have worked with closely here in the mutual development of responsive talent and workforce initiatives to better match industry demand with talent supply. We will miss him, but I can’t think of anyone better to step into this interim role than Phil, as a successful and seasoned business leader, a long-time community leader—on our Board, as well as many others—and a terrific colleague.”

Colts mailbag: Who would the Colts have drafted in the first round? Is James Bradberry a possibility?

Spring is upon us. The sun is finally out in Indianapolis as the temperatures have risen above 70, and in a few days, Colts rookies will take the practice fields for the first time.The draft was almost two weeks ago at this point, so we've all had some time to look into the rookies and formulate some first impressions and lukewarm takes. So, it's time to answer some of your questions about these guys.(To join the next call for mailbag questions, ...

Spring is upon us. The sun is finally out in Indianapolis as the temperatures have risen above 70, and in a few days, Colts rookies will take the practice fields for the first time.

The draft was almost two weeks ago at this point, so we've all had some time to look into the rookies and formulate some first impressions and lukewarm takes. So, it's time to answer some of your questions about these guys.

(To join the next call for mailbag questions, make sure you're following me on Twitter. Also feel free to email questions at the address below.)

Let's get to it:

Q: "Where do you reckon the Colts would have gone at Pick 16 if they still had the pick? (with how the board actually fell)" -- @timdavies21 on Twitter

Alternate realities can be fun, especially when we have some bread crumbs to lead us there. That's what Indianapolis' first pick of Alec Pierce told us.

General manager Chris Ballard always spends his top pick at a major position of need, but he also values the best player available philosophy. Given that, I think he'd have three strong options of players who went in this range: Penn State wide receiver Jahan Dotson, Northern Iowa offensive tackle Trevor Penning and Arkansas wide receiver Treylon Burks.

We don't know Ballard's specific grades on these three players, but I don't think he saw offensive tackle as a must-have starting position in this draft. That means he'd have to love Penning that much more than other options.

At wide receiver, Ballard almost always drafts for catch radius and vertical size, as he did in taking the 6-3 Pierce over 5-10 Skyy Moore, who had far more polish. The decision between 6-2 Burks and 5-11 Dotson is rather similar, and I think Ballard would go in the same direction with the bigger player.

With more than 1,100 yards in the Southeastern Conference last season to go with 225-pound size, Burks draws some comparisons to Deebo Samuel and A.J. Brown in his ceiling. A hybrid running back-wide receiver has a harder time finding opportunities in an offense with Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines, but I bet Ballard trusts Frank Reich, Marcus Brady and Matt Ryan to make it happen.

Q: "If you had to guess, who is that player CB was talking about on “With the Next Pick” that if they were there at 42, he would take them right there and then?" -- @sebjalisco on Twitter

So, if we apply the same above logic about Ballard prioritizing a top need and looking at value at that pick, I think the conversation most likely includes these players taken shortly before the Colts' pick: Georgia safety Lewis Cine, Baylor safety Jalen Pitre, Washington cornerback Kyler Gordon and North Dakota State wide receiver Christian Watson.

Ballard identified safety and cornerback as needs, but he didn't draft them with his top three picks this year, making them likely not the top needs. Because he believed so much in Nick Cross, who was around in the third, I think it's less likely a safety. Kyler Gordon does check every box he looks for in a prospect, which is partly why he wound up with Matt Eberflus, I also don't think he'd see that position as a huge need.

That leaves Watson as the answer. I've been saying it since I watched his breakout at the Senior Bowl, but he checks every box Ballard likes in his first pick and then some: 6-4 height, 4.36-second speed and elite football character. He's what Pierce is, just taller, faster and more dynamic with the ball in his hands.

Green Bay traded up and took Watson and then the Colts traded back. That's usually the ripple effect that happens when a target gets snagged.

Q: "Will the Colts sign Big Q (Quenton Nelson) to a contract extension before Week 1?" -- @Diny87rg on Twitter

Ballard has made it clear that he's going to re-sign Nelson, saying after the season ended that "Quenton is a Colt." But he also hinted later on that it might not be until a year from now, after Nelson plays out his fifth-year option.

That's the path that elite and secure players take, knowing the rewards only go up as the salary cap does. Denzel Ward waited until after his fifth season to re-sign with the Browns, and he got $100 million out of it. Nelson is a similar caliber of player but at a less premium position, and he knows his team wants to keep him.

Guards are getting paid lately. In the past year, the Browns have signed Joel Bitonio for three years, $48 million and Wyatt Teller for four years, $56.8 million. The Jaguars just signed Brandon Scherff for three years, $49.5 million.

I expect Nelson to top these three if he waits, as he has more youth, durability and All-Pro and first-round pedigree than they do. It all hinges on a mostly healthy season, which is a risk, but Ward took the same plunge after missing 11 games his first four seasons and came out with $100 million. Nelson is a similarly rare player with the leverage on his side.

Q: "Which remaining vet FAs (WR, Backup QB, Leo edge) do you think they'll be most interested in filling out roster with?" -- @MWally21 on Twitter

Ballard loves to talk about year-round player acquisition as a way to acquire bargains and still win the battle for compensatory draft picks. I expect him to sign multiple veterans this way, including one who will command a good deal of playing time.

Ballard got that train started Tuesday by signing swing tackle Dennis Kelly, he of 114 career games and 51 starts. That could take care of the offensive line depth, depending on whether Pryor is a starting left tackle or versatile backup by the start of the season.

The most obvious opening now is at slot receiver. Pierce is an outside receiver by nature and the Colts have very little proven to work in the middle of the field, or where Ryan has always made his money. The best option is Jarvis Landry, but the five-time Pro Bowler has held a high price tag this spring and might not settle for a crowded offense. The more likely options are either T.Y. Hilton, who is fit for a slot role now that he wins with route running and spacial awareness more than speed; or Julio Jones, who brings many of the same characteristics but cannot be counted on to stay healthy.

If the Colts decide they want a veteran backup to Ryan, it's likely Nick Foles will be the guy, given his track record and his connection to Reich. Indianapolis could just roll with Sam Ehlinger and bank on Ryan to stay healthy, as he has for all but one game in the past 12 seasons.

A veteran on the edge would make sense, given the youth that is still very present even after the addition of Yannick Ngakoue. Carl Nassib or Carlos Dunlap could be good fits here.

If there's a splash to make on defense still, it's at cornerback with James Bradberry, the Pro Bowler the Giants just made a cap casualty. Unlike the draft options, he presents a clear upgrade over Isaiah Rodgers or Brandon Facyson and could finish off the best defense Ryan has ever had to work with. Bradberry is 28, so he's likely looking at a multi-year deal, and that wades into plans to re-sign Nelson and potentially Ngakoue.

If the Colts go with a cheaper option for depth, Kevin King or a return for Xavier Rhodes could make some sense.

Contact Colts insider Nate Atkins at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @NateAtkins_.

Indianapolis Housing Agency moves toward property sell-off to survive

INDIANAPOLIS — The agency that provides housing assistance to approximately 25,000 low-income Marion County residents is teetering on financial insolvency and in desperate need of cash.“I need money to make this agency survive,” Indianapolis Housing Agency Interim Executive Director Marcia Lewis told her Board of Commissioners this afternoon. “I know it’s a lot and it is a very different approach, but our backs are against the wall.”Lewis’ “different approach” calls for hiri...

INDIANAPOLIS — The agency that provides housing assistance to approximately 25,000 low-income Marion County residents is teetering on financial insolvency and in desperate need of cash.

“I need money to make this agency survive,” Indianapolis Housing Agency Interim Executive Director Marcia Lewis told her Board of Commissioners this afternoon. “I know it’s a lot and it is a very different approach, but our backs are against the wall.”

Lewis’ “different approach” calls for hiring a broker to put just about every property and financial interest on IHA’s books up for sale to quickly raise $10 million to pay off a pending loan, pay contractors, pay the federal government and hire enough managers and maintenance staff to keep the agency afloat and even make the end-of-the-month payroll.

The Board approved the broker proposal.

“The residents are the ones it is hurting the most,” said Bonita Davis, who’s thinking about moving out of Barton Tower. “The financial situation that we are in, it didn’t come in overnight.”

More than a decade of mismanagement, questionable investments and outright fraud alleged by a housing whistleblower report obtained by FOX59 News have left IHA unable to pay its bills, staff its buildings or even cut the grass on its more than a dozen housing properties. Not to mention the threat of receivership by the Department of Housing and Urban Development which Lewis told the board would be a death knell for any future agency investment opportunities.

While IHA may own the land on which its housing properties are constructed, it co-owns the buildings with private investors who often have qualified for tax credits.

“We are in regular communication with the investors,” said Lewis. “They, because of their concerns about the management of the properties, have, in some cases, mandated that we turn over the management of the properties to private companies.

“What we don’t want for the Indianapolis Housing Agency is for the investor to pull us out of the deals. If the investor removes you as a general partner in the real estate deal, it pretty much will keep you from ever being able to obtain the financing, the tax credits and other means in the future.”

Lewis’ plan is to put most of IHA’s financial interests on the block before the investors force her agency’s hand.

The Board was told that talks are going on with Mayor Hogsett’s office to move IHA operations from 1919 North Meridian Street to vacant space inside the City-County Building in order to put the agency’s headquarters up for sale.

“I believe Marcia Lewis is making bold moves,” said Barton Tower resident Mary Chapman, “and she has come in to clean up wrongdoings for many years. They have been going on for many years, so I’m going to go on and put my hope into her judgment.”

Lewis said she may consider turning four properties IHA owns outright into Section 8 and market rentals with partners to raise the money to finance overdue updates and repairs.

State and federal reviews of IHA’s sorry financial status are not due back until the first of July.

The Mayor’s Office provided the following statement to FOX59 News:

“The City has remained in close communication with IHA about potential options to achieve a healthier financial position. It is timely and prudent to investigate whether this strategy could secure much-needed capital for the agency, while at the same time creating an opportunity to rehabilitate apartments and preserve their long-term deep rent affordability.”

WATCH: Colts' Young Defensive Linemen Get Work In With Robert Mathis

Expectations are high for the Indianapolis Colts defensive line in 2022.The team traded for edge defender Yannick Ngakoue this offseason, who has been one of the most consistent pass rushers in the NFL over the last six years, but it's their younger prospects who really make things intriguing.The Colts spent their first two draft picks last year on edge defenders Kwity Paye and Dayo Odeyingbo, and Ben Banogu and Chris Williams were studs last summer during training camp. Now, the group has sought the tutelage of the franchise's...

Expectations are high for the Indianapolis Colts defensive line in 2022.

The team traded for edge defender Yannick Ngakoue this offseason, who has been one of the most consistent pass rushers in the NFL over the last six years, but it's their younger prospects who really make things intriguing.

The Colts spent their first two draft picks last year on edge defenders Kwity Paye and Dayo Odeyingbo, and Ben Banogu and Chris Williams were studs last summer during training camp. Now, the group has sought the tutelage of the franchise's all-time leading pass rusher, Robert Mathis, to improve their game.

Below are some of the video clips that Mathis posted to his Instagram of the group training with him.

Mathis, who was inducted into the Colts' Ring of Honor last year, totaled 123.0 sacks in his career, and his 54 forced fumbles are the most in NFL history. Since retiring, he has worked as a defensive line trainer as part of The Gridiron Gang and has even spent time as a pass-rush consultant with the Colts.

Paye showed immense promise as a rookie, leading Colts edge defenders with a Pro Football Focus grade of 69.6, which ranked 22nd in the NFL at the position, and his 39 quarterback pressures were second on the Colts only to All-Pro tackle DeForest Buckner. Paye's pass-rush grade of 71.3 was tops among all NFL rookie edge defenders and fourth among all rookies overall.

Odeyingbo spent a good portion of his season recovering from an Achilles injury he suffered in January. He didn't make his debut until Week 8 and was brought along slowly, only averaging 17.3 snaps per game. Year 2 should be much more involved for him, as the Colts love his size, athleticism, and position flexibility inside and outside.

Banogu is entering a crucial fourth season. His blend of size, speed, and athleticism is what drew the Colts to him but it has yet to come all together. His first two years were very quiet but he made plenty of noise in training camp last year, showing explosion and pass-rush moves while piling up more would-be sacks than anybody else. It didn't translate to much of a role in Matt Eberflus' defense, seeing a career-low 68 snaps, but this could be a clean slate for Banogu under new coordinator Gus Bradley.

Like Banogu, Williams has had an incognito career (with less playing time) but burst onto the scene last summer in training camp, particularly in joint practices against the Carolina Panthers. He saw action in eight games, totaling 62 snaps. The Colts elected not to re-sign free-agent defensive tackles Taylor Stallworth and Antwaun Woods this offseason, which opens the door for Williams to have a bigger role in 2022.

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