Category: Planning & Development Department News

City Staff Works with Beverly Movie Theater Design Team

The Building Safety Division, Planning Department, and Engineering Staff met with the design team for the Beverly Movie Theater on April 17th to discuss the preliminary design considerations for the redevelopment of the Beverly Movie Theater. On June 4th the architect, Archtech Design Group out of Memphis, Tennesee, submitted the building permit for the redeveloped…
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Complete Streets: The Devil is in the Details!

As the saying goes it is the details that sometimes matter most. In June the Planning and Engineering departments created a small staff team to clarify the City’s Complete Streets policy. In 2008 the City adopted a Complete Streets Policy which specifies streets should accommodate all users: pedestrians, bicyclists, transit and automobiles. Recent presentations at…
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Lot J Proposals

Five proposals were submitted in response to the Request for Proposals (RFP) issued by the City to seek a developer for the Lot J parking lot in Campustown. An evaluation committee made up of staff, a Campustown business owner, and representatives from the Plan Commission and University of Illinois has met twice to consider the…
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Implementing the Trails Plan

Last year City Council adopted the Champaign Trails Plan, establishing a vision for a connected system of recreational trails. The Trails Plan brands 12 different trails and suggests actions for implementation. The Wabash Railtrail is envisioned to be an east-west trail within the abandoned railroad property just north of downtown. It would connect the northern…
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City submits grant application for Windsor Road Bridge Approach Improvements

The City has submitted a grant application with IDOT for the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) to receive funding to assist in the cost of improvements to the Windsor Road Bridge approaches to the Interstate 57 Bridge. The ITEP program awards grant dollars for transportation safety and enhancement projects. The application deadline was May 29….
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Champaign’s “Complete Streets” Best Practices Presentation

On Friday, May 7 City staff presented at the American Public Works Association State Conference in Peoria. Mishauno Woggon (Planning) and Chris Sokowolski (Engineering) gave a talk on the City of Champaign’s methods for design, process, internal coordination, public input, implementation and “lessons learned” with Complete Street projects. Approximately 50 people from all over Illinois…
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City Hosts interactive Pre-Submittal Meeting on Request for Proposals for Parking Lot J

On April 25, the Planning Department led a live-streaming, interactive meeting to present details of the recently-released Request for Proposals to develop Parking Lot J. City staff from Planning, Building Safety, and Engineering described the elements of the RFP, and then answered questions from the in-person, online, and television audiences. At the conclusion of the…
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