Category: Neighborhood Services Department News

Alexander Lumber Overgrowth Cleanup

Neighborhood Code Compliance staff responded to a complaint from Champaign Township Trustee Norman Davis regarding some overgrowth originating from Alexander Lumber that encroached onto the adjacent property, coming in contact with the single family residence. Although this property is in the Champaign Township, a Code Compliance Manager met with representatives from Alexander Lumber to work […]

Forum Held to Discuss Emergency Shelter Needs

The Council of Service Providers to the Homeless held a public forum on Thursday, July 14 to discuss the recent loss of 95 homeless shelter beds for men and the impact on the community. WCIA covered the event and provided interviews regarding homelessness in our community. Panel members consisted of representatives from United Way, Salvation […]

Bristol Place Demolition Awards

Bristol Approved Demolition Contractors submitted bids to demolish 14 homes in Bristol Place on Friday, July 15, 2016. Bids were awarded to the lowest responsible bidder for each bid packet. This week, there were a total of seven bid packets issued. Fenter Machinery was the lowest bidder for three bid packets, Miller Enterprises was the […]

City Staff Discusses Community Engagement with Visitor from Sierra Leone

City staff recently met with Christian Kamara, the National General Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA in Sierra Leone. Mr. Kamara was visiting for a week to explore collaborations in global service learning with The University YMCA, which has a long-term partnership with the YMCA of Sierra Leone. Mr. Kamara expressed an interest in […]

Beardsley Park Request for Proposals (RFP) 

The City received two proposals for the Beardsley Park (Neil/Bradley Redevelopment) RFP by the June 22, 2016, deadline.  City staff representing the Neighborhood Services and the Planning and Development Departments reviewed the proposals with representatives from the Neighborhood Services Advisory Board and the Beardsley Park neighborhood group.  Next steps will be formulated based on the […]

Bristol Place Master Developer Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

The City of Champaign received two submissions in response to the Bristol Place Neighborhood Redevelopment Master Developer RFQ by the June 22, 2016, deadline.  City staff representing the Neighborhood Services, Finance, Planning and Development, and Public Works Departments reviewed the submissions with the Bristol Place Steering Committee.  The next steps include reviewing written questions and […]

Garden Hills Block Event at Citizens Park

The Neighborhood Services Department (NSD) and the Champaign Park District hosted the second in a series of block parties that they will co-host this summer.  The Garden Hills Block Event was held on June 23, 2016, at Citizens Park – located within the Garden Hills neighborhood.  Approximately 150 residents – consisting of mostly youth – […]

City Staff Presents at Upward Bound College Prep Academy 

Code Compliance Manager David Oliver made a presentation to Upward Bound students on June 24, 2016, at the Florida Avenue Residence Hall on the U of I campus.   The TRiO Upward Bound College Prep Academy works to increase minority student enrollment at universities across the country by providing high school students with encouragement, support […]

Foreclosure Tracking

Foreclosure filings through April 2016 are now reported. The chart below outlines foreclosure activity within the City of Champaign over the past few years.     2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Number of Filings 106 119 59 43 38 7 Average 8.8 9.9 4.9 3.6 3.2 1.75   As of April 2016, an average […]

Neighborhood Coordination Assists Local Groups with STAR Service Day

On June 18, the NSD Coordination Division collaborated with the Champaign Urbana Area Project, Jericho Missionary Baptist Church, and several other local groups and volunteers to implement a neighborhood clean-up initiative along Hedge Road and the railroad tracks in the Garden Hills neighborhood. Approximately 50 volunteers participated in the cleanup efforts. All tasks were completed […]