Category: Neighborhood Services Department News

Code Compliance Conducts Vacant Structure Inspection

On February 8, 2017, Rehabilitation Technician Joe Lewis and Property Maintenance Inspector Susan Jones conducted an interior inspection of the property located at 507 E. Columbia. The City acquired this property through a Judicial Deed process due to the structure meeting state requirements to consider it abandoned. There were also no responses received from notifications issued to the […]

Bristol Place Phase II Steering Committee

Bristol Place Phase II Steering Committee The Bristol Place Phase II Steering Committee, Neighborhood Services Advisory Board Members and Douglass Park/Beardsley Park leaders were invited to attend a two-part meeting on Thursday, February 2 at the Douglass Branch Library. The first hour of the meeting included a presentation from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign […]

Search Warrants on Vacant Houses

Search Warrants on Vacant Houses On February 1, Rehabilitation Technician Joe Lewis and Property Maintenance Inspector Susan Jones served search warrants on two vacant properties. Each of the properties had been registered as a Vacant Nuisance Residential Building in late 2015. No further effort was taken by either property owner to rehabilitate the structures as […]

Public Works Assists Code Compliance With Illegal Dumping

Public Works Assists Code Compliance With Illegal Dumping On January 31, Property Maintenance Inspector Kim Burnett posted a 24-hour notice at 714 W. Hill Street for a sofa observed on the parkway in front of the residence. On February 1, Burnett reinspected the property to check for compliance and found the sofa had not been […]

Illegal Dumping Cleared at 109 E. Bellefontaine

109 E. Bellefontaine continues to be an illegal dumping site in the Bristol Place Neighborhood.  Property Maintenance Inspector Cliff Peete has issued several work orders to maintain the property free from junk and debris, each resulting in liens placed against the property for the cost of the abatement and administrative fees.  Peete also towed a […]

Keep Champaign Beautiful Program Earns National Recognition

The national Keep America Beautiful organization honored the local Keep Champaign Beautiful program with its prestigious President’s Circle Award at its national conference on January 26, 2017. The President’s Circle Award recognizes exemplary performance by certified affiliates of the national nonprofit in creating clean, green and beautiful communities.  In qualifying for a President’s Circle Award, […]

City Staff attends RNNC Steering Committee Meeting, Sees Praise for 2016 Conference

Neighborhood Coordination Staff in the Neighborhood Services Department attended a meeting of the Regional Neighborhood Network Conference (RNNC) Executive Steering Committee held in Evansville on January 19 – 20. The meeting was hosted by the City of Evansville and provided an opportunity for representatives from RNNC member cities to provide technical assistance and input regarding […]

Urbana HOME Consortium Plans Upcoming RFP

The Cities of Champaign and Urbana will be publishing a joint request for proposal (RFP) to distribute HOME funds prior to a commitment deadline of July 31. The purpose of the RFP will be to further affordable housing through down payment, rehabilitation, purchase, or construction and could serve either rental or homeowner markets. The RFP […]

Continuum of Care Holds Point In Time Count

This week marks the annual Point In Time (PIT) count for continua of care across the country. This process is put in place to identify the homeless population by number of persons, families, and the defining characteristics that may be causing their homelessness. Locally, the Champaign County Continuum of Care selected Thursday, January 26 for […]

Update on Men’s Emergency Shelter

Update on Men’s Emergency Shelter Neighborhood Programs staff attended the press conference regarding the Men’s Emergency Shelter that opened Friday, January 6, 2017 and will operate through March 6, 2017.  Previously, “pop-up” shelter facilities were offered in extreme temperatures (for men and women).  In 2016, the TIMES Center ended its Level 1 Program and the […]