Category: Neighborhood Services Department News

Graffiti Abated at 611 S. State Street

A fire occurred at an apartment building at 611 S. State in late December 2016 and the property was boarded up by the owner. On February 6, graffiti was observed on the securing board to the main entrance to the building. Property Maintenance Inspector Kim Burnett issued a Notice to Abate to the property owner […]

Inspectors Speak at Central Illinois Rental Property Professionals February Meeting

Champaign Property Maintenance Inspector Susan Jones and Urbana Housing Inspector Nicholas Hanson were the guest speakers at the Central Illinois Rental Property Professional’s general meeting on February 16 at the Hilton Garden Inn. Approximately forty people were in attendance for the presentation. Both inspectors provided information regarding changes to property maintenance codes for each jurisdiction. Areas highlighted included […]

Neighborhood Services Staff Attends Annual Winter Legislative Conference in Washington

Neighborhood Services Director Kevin Jackson and Neighborhood Programs Manager Kerri Spear attended the annual legislative conference of the National Community Development Association (NCDA)  in Washington, D.C. from February 15-17. In addition to participating in roundtables and forums regarding US Department of Housing and Urban Development issues, staff also met with Senator Tammy Duckworth and her general […]

City Receives Grant to Fund Demolitions

On February 17, Neighborhood Services staff received notification from the Illinois Housing Development Authority that the City’s application for $75,000 in the Abandoned Residential Property Grant program will receive $74,500 in funding. This is the City’s second successful application for IHDA demolition funding, with the first occurring in 2013. The additional funds provided will be utilized […]

Bid Opening & Demolition for 1202 N. Walnut

Following a bank foreclosure, the house at 1202 W. Walnut was donated to the City of Champaign as part of the Community Revitalization Program. Under the program, an interior inspection was completed by Rehabilitation Technician Joe Lewis and Property Maintenance Inspector Cliff Peete to determine if the structure was feasible for renovation. Unfortunately, the cost to renovate […]

2017 STAR Awards Nominations

The City of Champaign Neighborhood Services Department is proud to announce for the eighth year a call to the public for STAR Awards nominations. The STAR Awards program encourages the public to recognize those exceptional individuals or groups of individuals who volunteer their time, talents, resources and energy to assist in our neighborhoods and community.  […]

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 […]