Category: Neighborhood Services Department News

Neighborhood Coordination Assists Local Groups with STAR Service Day

On June 18, the NSD Coordination Division collaborated with the Champaign Urbana Area Project, Jericho Missionary Baptist Church, and several other local groups and volunteers to implement a neighborhood clean-up initiative along Hedge Road and the railroad tracks in the Garden Hills neighborhood. Approximately 50 volunteers participated in the cleanup efforts. All tasks were completed […]

Vehicle Collision at 507 E. Clark

On June 16, Property Maintenance Inspector Cliff Peete responded to a call from the Fire Department regarding a vehicle that accidentally ran into the building at 507 E. Clark Street. Upon his arrival, Peete met with Building Safety Supervisor Larry Happ, who was on scene with the property owner and Structural Engineer assessing the condition […]

City Departments Partner with WCIA & WCIX Staff to Install Smoke Alarms

Firefighters, staff from the Champaign Fire and Neighborhood Services Departments, and employees of WCIA/WCIX Television and Home Depot were out Friday, June 17, installing smoke alarms in northwest Champaign. Thirteen volunteers from WCIA/WCIX Television came out on their Founder’s Day to be part of the effort.  Six volunteers from Home Depot also took part in […]

Mable Thomas Park

Mable Thomas Park has been the scene of numerous complaints from neighborhood residents living in homes adjacent to the park, and reports from county and local police concerning large groups of unsupervised youth fighting, vandalizing and destroying park equipment. After discussions with Champaign County officials regarding ongoing park sustainability, it was determined that the park […]

Neighborhood Community Development Meeting With PhD Student

Neighborhood Services Department staff met with Natalie Prochaska, a new PhD student at the University of Illinois Department of Urban and Regional Planning.  Ms. Prochaska is very interested in neighborhood community development and is eager to work with the department to get a better understanding of the work we do as well as the larger structural […]

Community Reinvestment Group

Neighborhood Services Department staff met with partners for the monthly meeting of the Community Reinvestment Group (CRG). Members were pleased with the credit seminar attendance in April and would like to hold another credit seminar in October. The plan is to again host the meeting at the offices of Habitat for Humanity and to work […]

Site Triangle Issue Abated

Environmental Inspector Kim Burnett investigated a complaint on May 24 regarding overgrown bushes blocking a public sidewalk at the intersection of Southwood and Stratford Drive.  Burnett verified the bushes not only were blocking pedestrian access to the sidewalk but were also creating a site triangle visibility issue at the intersection. A notice was issued to […]

Regional Neighborhood Network Conference Steering Committee

Neighborhood Services Coordination staff hosted the Regional Neighborhood Network Conference (RNNC) Steering Committee for the second organizational planning meeting on June 9 and 10.  Representatives from 14 of the RNNC member cities attended the meeting to discuss local plans for hosting the 2016 RNNC in Champaign-Urbana. The group received an update from representatives of the local planning […]

United Garden Hills Executive Steering Committee Meeting

Neighborhood Services Coordination staff attended the monthly United Garden Hills Executive Steering Committee meeting on June 6. The Steering Committee heard presentations from the Lift Them Up Program, a pilot youth engagement initiative that will be implemented in the Garden Hills Neighborhood in partnership with Rev. Barnes of the Metanoia Center and the Champaign County Township.  Lt. […]

HOME Funds Receive Slight Increase

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) previously announced to the Urbana HOME Consortium that the FY 2016/17 entitlement grant for the HOME program would be $637,772. However, HUD recently announced that the HOME grant amount was incorrect and the new Urbana HOME Consortium grant increased to $641,206. This means a slight increase to […]