Category: Neighborhood Services Department News

308 N. Prairie Street

The apartment building at 308 N. Prairie St. has been cited on several occasions over the past 30 years for a lack of a second means of egress.  The current case on this building is an Apartment Inspection case started in 2006.  However, the building was cited for lacking two means of egress in 1982….
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Bristol Place Demolition Update

On November 4, 2014 a Contractor Orientation meeting was attended by 14 contractors to explain the contractor pool application, the bidding process, the permitting process, and the requirements for a contractor to participate in the contractor pool.  The application intake will be open throughout the estimated three year demolition period.  This will allow contractors who…
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Bristol Place Acquisition Update

Neighborhood Services and the Legal Departments conducted the first closing of the Bristol Place properties on November 5, 2014.  Mr. and Mrs. Pardy owned the vacant home at 1208 N. Clock.  Mrs. Pardy had been a regular attendee at the neighborhood meetings held at the Apostolic Church and had participated in the redevelopment focus group…
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North 1st Street/Daily Bread

Neighborhood Coordinator John Ruffin facilitated an introductory meeting between representatives from the Daily Bread and existing North First Street Businesses.  Also in attendance representing the City were Neighborhood Programs Manager Kerri Spear, Planning and Economic Development Director Bruce Knight, Champaign Police Sgt. Tom Foster, and Councilmember Will Kyles.  The issues of concern outlined by Will Jones…
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Keep Champaign Beautiful – Litter Index Survey

As part of the Keep America Beautiful certification process, Keep Champaign Beautiful committee members conducted a Litter Index survey on Friday, October 17, 2014. The survey is designed to provide a baseline which affiliates can use to monitor educational efforts and determine if littering behavior is changing in the community. The Litter Index is an…
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Habitat for Humanity at 410 E Beardsley (final Taylor Thomas home)

Construction has begun on the final home located in the Taylor Thomas Subdivision.  The footings and crawlspace are installed and soon the volunteer schedule will be made available.  Susan Jones, Neighborhood Services Department, is coordinating with Habitat to secure a series of dates that will allow for employees to participate in the homebuilding process alongside…
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Demo Packet – 1013 W Eureka

The invitation to bid on the demolition of 1013 W. Eureka St. was advertised in the News Gazette on Sunday, October 12, 2014.  The ad will also run in the Wednesday, October 15, 2014 edition of the News Gazette.  The property will be open on Friday, October 17, 2014 so that contractors can assess the…
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Central Illinois Rental Property Professionals Vendor Fair

The Central Illinois Rental Property Professionals held their annual vendor fair on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at City View located in the Illinois Terminal Building. Mya Clements and David Oliver represented Code Compliance and were on hand to answer questions regarding inspections of multi-family and single family rental property. They were joined by Nichole Millage…
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Restoration Urban Ministries “Mini Homes” Groundbreaking Ceremony

Greg Skaggs and Susan Jones attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the “mini home” to be constructed by Restoration Urban Ministries located at 410 W. Maple St. The approximately 400 sq. ft. home will be built using primarily volunteer labor and will be purchased by a low-income person who would not be able to afford or…
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Kenwood Road

Property Maintenance Inspector Tim Spear has been working with the owner of 715 Kenwood on housing issues.  The owner is under an extension agreement to have all violations corrected by September 16, 2014.  As part of this extension agreement, the owner agreed to demolish an old shed on the property.  As of September 12, 2014…
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