Category: Neighborhood Services Department News

Recent Fires Cause Damage to Homes, Structures

This week included a rash of fires in apartments, parking lots, and residential homes. The home at 714 W. Vine has been vacant for more than two years and has been undergoing rehabilitation under the City’s Vacant Nuisance Residential Building program. The fire started in the basement and created a large hole in the first floor. The […]


Smoke Alarm Blitz – West Champaign

On Saturday, April 14, employees of the Fire Department and Neighborhood Services Department, along with community and Red Cross volunteers, went door-to-door in a west Champaign neighborhood offering to check smoke alarms and install free smoke alarms in homes that needed them. The Smoke Alarm Blitz included approximately 314 homes within the boundaries Kirby Avenue […]


Illegal Dumping

On April 4, 2018, Property Maintenance Inspector Kim Burnett observed several discarded mattresses in a commercial parking lot on North Prospect. Burnett visited with the property manager and provided a 24-hour Notice to Abate. The property manager indicated the mattresses did not originate from their business and were illegally discarded on the property. Burnett provided […]


Code Compliance Demolition Activities

Vacant structures can pose a threat to public safety, not only to neighborhood residents but also police and fire responders. Buildings with securing boards often remain in that condition for extended periods of time. The condition of these buildings materially increases the risk of fire to the building and adjacent properties. Their dilapidated appearance negatively […]


Neighborhood Programs Lead to Structure Repair

In June of 2017, the Neighborhood Programs Division was tasked with making a house habitable after the home was badly damaged by fire. The damaged portion of the home contained the bedrooms, bathroom, water heater, breaker box, and furnace. The client had no homeowner’s insurance and the house was condemned pending repairs. If the home […]


End in Sight for Bristol Place Demolition Phase

Phase 1 of the Bristol Place Redevelopment is nearing completion. The last building in the Bristol Place Neighborhood, located at 110 Garwood St, is slated to be demolished this week. Originally, eighty acquired structures required demolition to clear the site for the upcoming planned affordable housing development. Clearing of the site allows the City to […]


Neighborhood Services Department Attends Resource Fair

The City of Champaign’s Neighborhood Services Department attended the National African American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID) resource fair and dinner at Garden Hills on February 12.  Over 50 families attended the event where 20 vendors presented information and resources for families with children.  Neighborhood Programs Division staff handed out information on the Champaign Coalition, CommUnity […]


City of Champaign and Champaign Park District Announce New Community Award Program

The City of Champaign and the Champaign Park District are proud to announce a new partnership to honor those working tirelessly to improve our neighborhoods, parks, and community. The Champaign STAR Awards is an exciting new merger of the City’s STAR Awards and the Park District’s Champaign Park Honors programs.  STAR stands for “Service Together […]


2018 STAR Awards – Call for Nominations

The City of Champaign Neighborhood Services Department is proud to announce 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. Nominations are made by […]


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

With winter weather 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 […]