Category: Planning & Development Department News

2016 Farmer’s Market Stays Fresh, Helps Families

During Summer 2016, The City of Champaign was a proud sponsor of the Land Connection Farmer’s Market in Downtown Champaign. The Farmer’s Market was held on Tuesday evenings from May to October, and provided residents and employees in and around Downtown Champaign easy access to fresh local produce, crafts, prepared foods and many other items. […]

Champaign Planners serve in leadership roles in Professional Organizations

Staff of the Planning and Development Department has traditionally been active volunteers with the American Planning Association which is the largest professional membership organization for planners.  This involvement showcases the success of Champaign at a state and national level and also provides the opportunity to bring great ideas from other elsewhere home to Champaign. T.J. […]

Champaign County First Springfield Trip

Champaign County First Springfield Trip On Wednesday, November 30, 2016 representatives of the City of Champaign, City of Urbana, Village of Savoy, Village of Mahomet, Village of St. Joseph, Champaign County, Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, and Champaign County Economic Development Corporation traveled together to Springfield to advocate for a number of priority projects to […]

Planning Staff Partners with Historic Resources Survey

The Planning and Development Department will be working with undergraduate and graduate students from the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois during the month of October to survey homes in the City of Champaign. This is a continuation of a historic resources survey project complete last year in the Davidson […]

Small Business Incentive Program Participant is Open for Business

Yolanda Wilson has officially opened the doors of her new restaurant, Hybrid Fit Foods.  Located at 401 East University Avenue, Suite 101 (just west of the new Latitude Development), the restaurant features smoothies, sandwiches, soups and salads.  Ms. Wilson was one of the first participants in the City’s new Small Business Incentive Program.  Under the […]

Downtown Fringe and Bristol TIF Public Meeting to be Held September 8

In accordance with the Illinois TIF act, the City must hold a public meeting to give the public an opportunity to meet with City staff to discuss the proposed TIF districts and their impact.  The public meeting will be held in the City Building Atrium on Thursday, September 8 with the Downtown Fringe TIF Meeting […]

Avenue Building Slated for Court Ordered Auction

The Avenue Building, located at the southeast corner of Water and University Avenue, will be auctioned off at a court ordered auction on July 14, 2016.  The City’s Planning and Development, Neighborhood Services, Legal, and Fire Departments have been working diligently to force a decision on the future of this building.  Over one year ago, […]

City Staff Visits Midwest Inland Port in Decatur

T.J. Blakeman, Senior Planner for Economic Development, joined SBDC staff and local business owners on a fact finding trip to Decatur to learn about the 3-year-old Midwest Inland Port.  This port represents a major benefit to the cities in our region as it allows direct connections to nearly every major sea port in the United […]

Demolition Begins on Site of Future Midtown Plaza

The Midtown Plaza project officially began this week with the demolition of six vacant structures on a site on First Street overlooking the Boneyard Second Street Basin.  When completed, Midtown Plaza will consist of two new five-story, mixed use buildings.  Dan Hamelberg of the University Group will soon be submitting an application for a Planned Development […]

Commercial Permits

The following commercial permits were issued this week with an estimated cost of construction of $250,000 or more.