Category: Neighborhood Services Department News

Police Officer, Neighborhood Services Assist Trapped Dog

On April 4, 2016, Property Maintenance Inspector Susan Jones received a phone call from Officer Shane Standifer about a dog that was locked inside a boarded property. Officer Standifer was responding to a call from the property owner and needed someone to remove a board so he could enter and retrieve the dog. As the […]

RNNC Local Planning Committee Update

The Regional Neighborhood Network Conference Local Planning Committee held it’s monthly meeting on Friday April 8, 2016.  The subcommittees provided status updates regarding their planning efforts: Finance – Presented a fundraising letter and brochure to be sent to key community stakeholders seeking sponsorship and support for the event. Marketing – Presented the new web page […]

City Employees and Community Members Take Part in Phase 1 of a Neighborhood Fire Prevention Effort 

Staff and Firefighters from the Champaign Fire Department, staff from Champaign’s Neighborhood Services Department, and members of several community organizations completed phase 1 of the targeted-neighborhood fire prevention effort on Saturday, April 2. Approximately 11 employees from the Champaign Fire Department, 4 employees from the Neighborhood Services Department, and 20 volunteers from community organizations canvassed two high-risk neighborhoods in […]

Garden Hills Demolition Activity

Three abandoned properties in Garden Hills have been demolished under contract by Owens Trucking and Excavating.  Work began March 21 with the demolition of 1319 Hedge Road. 1432 Holly Hill, which had been vacant for over 18 years, was demolished March 22. 1515 Holly Hill was demolished March 23. Trees that are in poor condition […]

Nuisance Violations Abated

While conducting systematic inspections, Property Maintenance Inspector Cliff Peete observed a property with numerous code deficiencies, including unlicensed, inoperable vehicles and an excessive amount of trash and debris. Peete issued a 10-day Notice to Abate with a reinspection date scheduled for March 28.  Peete reinspected the property and found that the violations were still pending […]

Bristol Place Update

Nine Bristol properties to be demolished were open for contractors to inspect on March 31, 2016.   Approved Bristol Demolition Contractors were invited to view the properties before demolition bids are due.  Five contractors inspected the nine properties.  Bids for the demolition of these nine properties are due on April 14, 2016.

Demolition of 505 West Bradley Avenue

Neighborhood Code Compliance is monitoring five properties that have been awarded a ‘Notice to Proceed’ for demolition activities. The second project included the principal residence and accessory structure located at 505 West Bradley Avenue. The demolition contractor completed the work the week of March 14. This property was acquired by the Legal Department through a […]

Bristol Place Update

The City of Champaign has acquired 48 properties in Bristol Place. Fifteen demolitions are completed and a contractor is working to close out one more demolition with staff continuing to work closely with Bristol residents on relocation assistance.  An ‘Invitation to Apply for the Bristol Place Demolition Contractor Pool’ was advertised to new contractors interested […]

2016 STAR Awards Ceremony

STAR Awards Ceremony Thursday, April 21, 2016 Reception – 6:00 pm; Awards Ceremony – 7:00 pm Hilton Garden Inn 1501 S. Neil Street, Champaign On Thursday, April 21, 2016, the Neighborhood Services Department and the Neighborhood Services Advisory Board will host the Seventh Annual STAR (Service Together Achieves Results)  Awards Ceremony. The STAR Awards Ceremony, presented by the […]

CommUnity Matters Spring Fling Event Planning

Neighborhood Services Department staff met with the CommUnity Matters partners to finalize the event planning for the 2016 Spring Fling Community Resource Fair.  The event will be held at the Douglass Center and Douglass Park on Monday, May 16 from 5 to 7 pm.  The purpose of this event is to provide an opportunity for […]