Category: Planning & Development Department News

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.

Planning & Development Staff Presents Small Business Incentives

Senior Planner for Economic Development T.J. Blakeman presented the City’s Small Business Incentive Program at Small Business Week, hosted by the Small Business Development Center. Approximately twenty entrepreneurs and service providers attended the event. Entrepreneurs were excited to learn about opportunities for financial assistance with financial, marketing, and legal start up expenses. Service providers including […]

Zone Champaign Developer Focus Group

On March 30, the Planning and Development Department met with a focus group of the development community assembled by the offices of Meyer Capel in Champaign. The Department presented the final proposed standards for the Zoning Ordinance amendments known as “Zone Champaign.” These amendments will update the standards used to regulate development in Downtown, Midtown, […]

Planning Staff & Council Representative Visit KraftHeinz Corporate Office

On Thursday, February 25, representatives from Planning and Development staff, the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, and Champaign County Economic Development Corporation accompanied Councilmember Tom Bruno on a visit to the new Chicago corporate headquarters of KraftHeinz.  The visit was designed to meet with company executives to better understand their recent merger and to express […]

Solar Urbana-Champaign

On January 28, Planning and Development Staff attended a Solar Power Hour at the Champaign County Farm Bureau to learn about solar incentives for residents and businesses in Champaign County.  Solar Urbana-Champaign is an exciting opportunity for Champaign County residents and businesses to receive significant discounts on the purchase and installation of solar panels.  The […]