Karl Haas, longtime supporter of Carmel, passes away at 57
CARMEL, IN – It is with great sadness that we share the news that Karl Haas, who served as the attorney for the Carmel Redevelopment Commission (CRC) for more than 20 years, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, December 6, at his home.
Haas' unparalleled experience with public-private partnerships was a major reason Carmel has been successful in working with private developers to create a world class city. Karl was able to use his experience with projects such as Circle Centre Mall in downtown Indianapolis to create a road map for the creation of such notable Carmel redevelopment projects as Carmel's Arts & Design District, Carmel City Center and the new Midtown development to name a few.
"Karl's expertise in the area of real estate development and public private partnerships was vital to our success, especially early on. No other Indiana community has approached its redevelopment efforts as aggressively or as skillfully as Carmel has and that is due in great part to the knowledge that Karl brought to our CRC discussions and the planning process," said Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard.
"I will miss the insight that Karl brought to our meetings and will always be grateful that he was able to help Carmel create a unique, walkable and sustainable community that has become an example for many who are seeking similar direction," Brainard added.
Haas began his legal career at Baker & Daniels in 1985, becoming Partner in 1992 before co-founding Wallack Somers & Haas in 1999. He was a graduate of Indiana University and Indiana University School of Law. He received numerous honors, including having been named a Beta Gamma Sigma National Business Honorary, an Edwards Fellow, and a Jump Scholar.
"I met Karl when we worked on Circle Centre and he has been a friend for almost 30 years. For the past 14 years, we have worked together on CRC projects. Karl was a genius when it came to project finance and structure," said Bill Hammer. "As you look at the many redevelopment projects that have changed the face of Carmel, Karl had a hand in all of them.
“Without Karl, most would never have occurred as he was able to translate the Mayor's vision into reality. We all owe Karl a deep debt of gratitude. As people enjoy a concert or play in the Palladium or the Civic Theater, or live or work in our many great projects, little do they know that they are enjoying the benefit of Karl's expertise," Hammer added.
Below is the obituary information for Mr. Haas:
Karl P. Haas, 57, passed away at his home on the morning of Wednesday, December 6th, 2017. Karl was born to Virginia and Ernest Haas in Indianapolis on March 14, 1960.
Having practiced commercial real estate law for 32 years, Karl was a founding partner at Wallack Somers & Haas, a boutique law firm located in Indianapolis. During his career, Karl received multiple distinctions for his work with the City of Indianapolis, the City of Carmel, and numerous private developers.
Karl was an enthusiastic patron of the arts, and he enjoyed entertaining guests with his wife, Holly Stults Haas. His friends, colleagues, and loved ones knew him to be generous, thoughtful, and a wonderful story teller. Karl’s endeavors to cherish and improve his home were shared by his family.
Karl will be missed by his wife, his two sons, Luke and Joel Haas, his daughters-in-law, Kelly Goffiney and Christina Rozes, and his three stepsons, Brady, Grant, and Tanner Quackenbush.
A private service will be held at 10 am on Sunday, December 17th. Friends and family are invited to the Haas Family residence between 2 and 6 pm for a memorial and open house in celebration of Karl’s life. If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Karl P. Haas Memorial Fund (in care of United Fidelity Bank, Carmel, IN).