Category: Neighborhood Services Department News

Garden Hills Clean and Green

The Garden Hills Clean and Green committee held a street clean-up on Saturday, May 24, 2014.  David Oliver, Code Compliance Manager, was on hand to assist the group with litter removal along Paula Drive. The group was assisted by Councilmember Will Kyles and a group of youth from Restoration Urban Ministries. Prior to the clean…
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Community Resource and Spring Fling Fair at Garden Hills

Neighborhood Services Department, in partnership with the Champaign Unit 4 Schools’ Title 1 Program, Community Matters, the United Garden Hills Neighborhood Association, and the Champaign Police Department entertained and educated approximately 500 patrons on Monday May 19th at the Community Resource and Spring Fling Fair held at Garden Hills Elementary School. Outside, 60 children participated…
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STAR Expo and Awards Ceremony

On Thursday April 17, the Neighborhood Services Department and the Neighborhood Services Advisory Board hosted the 5th Annual STAR Expo/Awards Ceremony at the Hilton Garden Inn.  37 vendors were available during the Expo to display various services and programs, such as Construction Ideas LLC, Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club, CommUnity Matters, Ameren Act on…
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ICC Certified Property Maintenance and Housing Inspector

Congratulations to Environmental Inspector Kim Burnett for successfully passing the International Code Council Property Maintenance and Housing Inspector examination. Kim took the test in Springfield, IL on Thursday, April 24, 2014. Kim is currently serving as Acting Property Maintenance Inspector for the duration of the vacancy of the position.

Acquisition/Rehab Projects

The City of Champaign has been offering incentives to low-moderate income individuals to purchase new homes in targeted neighborhoods.  The City has been offering this program since for approximately 6 years, but saw the interest drop off during the recession.  As an indication that things may be turning around, there has been renewed interest in…
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Disposition of City-Owned Properties

This week City Council supported the recommendation to donate the vacant City-owned properties located at 410 W. Maple and 509 Alabama to Restoration Urban Ministries and sell 801 N. Prairie to Antonette Gant for $10 and 401 ½ E. Grove/706 N. Fourth to Shirley Melker for $10. The renewal of the City’s contract with Burch…
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Bristol Place Master Plan Presentation to the Housing Authority of Champaign County (HACC)

The draft Bristol Place Master Plan was presented to the Housing Authority of Champaign County board members and the public on April 24, 2014 during the regular HACC Board of Commissioners meeting.  Rob Kowalski and Kerri Spear led the discussion.  The neighborhood design with the variety of housing styles, park enhancements, and street layout were…
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City of Champaign 2014 STAR Expo and Awards Ceremony

STAR Expo and Awards Ceremony Thursday, April 17, 2014 Expo – 5:30 pm; Awards Ceremony – 7:00 pm Hilton Garden Inn 1501 S. Neil Street, Champaign On Thursday, April 17, 2014, the Neighborhood Services Department and the Neighborhood Services Advisory Board will host the Fifth Annual STAR (Service Together Achieves Results) Expo and Awards Ceremony….
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Change in Program Delivery Costs for Senior Minor Home Repair Program

The Senior Minor Home Repair Program that is administered by the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission recently requested a change in their program delivery fee per project on their Subgrantee Agreement.  Currently, Champaign County Regional Planning Commission charges no more than $2,000 per project which is broken down by allotting $1,750 to construction and $250…
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Contractor Breakfast for City Suppliers

The cities of Champaign, Urbana, and the Village of Rantoul worked together to sponsor a breakfast for the contractors and subcontractors who supply the labor and materials required to complete our various programs’ projects. The breakfast was held at EL Toro restaurant on West Springfield Ave., Champaign. The purpose of the breakfast was to show…
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