Category: Neighborhood Services Department News

Consolidated Plan Public Input Process

Neighborhood Services Director Kevin Jackson and Neighborhood Programs Manager Kerri Spear were joined by Grants Management Manager Kelly Mierkowski (City of Urbana) during the January 6 Study Session regarding the City’s Housing Strategy and upcoming Consolidated Plan process. Several citizens participated in the public participation portion of the study session and public hearing. Staff received phone […]

Bids for Bristol Place Redevelopment Mobile Office

On January 6, 2015, Neighborhood Programs re-solicited bids for a mobile office for use in Bristol Place during the redevelopment efforts. The intention is to have an on-site location for families to complete associated paperwork and to allow a space for case management services, which will be offered at no charge to Bristol Place residents […]

Vacant Unit Open to Intrusion

On January 6, 2015, police sent through a referral for a unit open to intrusion.  David Oliver, Code Compliance Manager, researched the property’s ownership and made some inquiries. He assigned the case to Kim Burnett, Environmental Inspector, and she went and and verified that the unit was open to intrusion. The front door was without […]

2015 STAR Awards Nominations

The City of Champaign Neighborhood Services Department is proud to announce for the sixth 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. […]

City of Champaign Reminder of Sidewalk Snow Removal for Campus and Downtown

With winter approaching, the City of Champaign would like to remind owners of properties located within the University District and the Downtown area that they are responsible for removing snow, ice, sleet or freezing rain from the sidewalks adjacent to their properties. The ordinance applies when accumulations are 2” or greater. The City of Champaign […]

308 N. Prairie Street

The apartment building at 308 N. Prairie St. has been cited on several occasions over the past 30 years for a lack of a second means of egress.  The current case on this building is an Apartment Inspection case started in 2006.  However, the building was cited for lacking two means of egress in 1982. […]

Bristol Place Demolition Update

On November 4, 2014 a Contractor Orientation meeting was attended by 14 contractors to explain the contractor pool application, the bidding process, the permitting process, and the requirements for a contractor to participate in the contractor pool.  The application intake will be open throughout the estimated three year demolition period.  This will allow contractors who […]

Bristol Place Acquisition Update

Neighborhood Services and the Legal Departments conducted the first closing of the Bristol Place properties on November 5, 2014.  Mr. and Mrs. Pardy owned the vacant home at 1208 N. Clock.  Mrs. Pardy had been a regular attendee at the neighborhood meetings held at the Apostolic Church and had participated in the redevelopment focus group […]

North 1st Street/Daily Bread

Neighborhood Coordinator John Ruffin facilitated an introductory meeting between representatives from the Daily Bread and existing North First Street Businesses.  Also in attendance representing the City were Neighborhood Programs Manager Kerri Spear, Planning and Economic Development Director Bruce Knight, Champaign Police Sgt. Tom Foster, and Councilmember Will Kyles.  The issues of concern outlined by Will Jones […]

Keep Champaign Beautiful – Litter Index Survey

As part of the Keep America Beautiful certification process, Keep Champaign Beautiful committee members conducted a Litter Index survey on Friday, October 17, 2014. The survey is designed to provide a baseline which affiliates can use to monitor educational efforts and determine if littering behavior is changing in the community. The Litter Index is an […]