Category: Neighborhood Services Department News

Certified Housing 2016/2017 Inspection Cycle

Property Maintenance Inspectors Michael Lambert and Tim Spear have completed the initial inspections at the 51 Certified Housing Facilities in the City of Champaign.  The average number of violations per facility is trending down over the past 3 inspection cycles.  A total of 1,394 violations were cited at the 51 properties for an average of […]

Code Compliance Staff Contacts Kraft/Heinz 

On Friday, October 21, 2016 Neighborhood Services received a citizen complaint concerning a foul smelling odor in the 1300 & 1400 blocks of W. Columbia.  The citizen believed the odor was being emitted from the Kraft/Heinz plant located on W. Bradley Avenue. The complainant continued to state that the odor was so offensive that it […]

Updated Foreclosure Filings Report

Foreclosure filings through September of 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 14 Average 8.8 9.9 4.9 3.6 3.2 1.6 As of September 2016, an average of 1.6 […]

Bristol Place Demolition Bid Opening

Four demolition bid packets were opened on October 21, 2016 for the demolition of eight properties.  Fenter Machinery was the lowest, responsible bidder for two bid packets and ICD Ironhorse, Inc. was the lowest, responsible bidder for two bid packets.  Both are approved Bristol Demolition Contractors.  Approval of the contracts is expected to go before […]

Keep Champaign Beautiful Annual Litter Index

The Keep Champaign Beautiful committee conducted the annual litter index survey on Friday, October 28. The litter index is one of the requirements to maintain certification with Keep America Beautiful.  Committee members Nichole Millage, David Oliver, Tina-Marie Ansong, Karen Foster, and Phil Burke participated in the survey.  Results will be tabulated by the Planning and […]

Keep Champaign Beautiful Visits Monster Market 

The Keep Champaign Beautiful committee participated at the Land Connection’s October 25th Farmer’s Market in downtown Champaign as part of their America Recycles Day event. Reusable shopping bags were provided to all attendees visiting the event. The market had a Halloween theme, so children participated in decorating pumpkins, acorns, and leaves which were attached to the shopping bag […]

Bristol Place Redevelopment Fact Sheet

The City has been open and transparent about the Bristol Place redevelopment project since its inception in 2007.  Neighborhood leaders and community members have been involved and provided valuable input during every step of the process, including the evaluation of developer proposals. The City is providing the following summary information regarding the Bristol Place redevelopment […]

Dangerous Tree Abatement

Neighborhood Services 310 E John – Dangerous Tree Abatement A dangerous tree was cited at a vacant fraternity house located at 310 E. John Street on July 18.  Property Maintenance Inspector Tim Spear issued a Notice to Abate for the dangerous tree to the property owners.  The property manager for the owner stated that they […]

30th Annual Regional Neighborhood Network Conference Kicks Off Tonight

The Cities of Champaign and Urbana are pleased to welcome attendees to the 2016 Regional Neighborhood Network Conference (RNNC) which starts today and lasts through Saturday, October 1, 2016.  More than 310 participants from five states are converging on Champaign for three days of training and information sharing about ways to promote neighborhood wellness and […]

Bristol Demolition Continues, Firm Hires Resident

Demolition activities have been busy in Bristol Place this week, as fourteen properties are currently under contract to be demolished. One demolition contractor even hired a Bristol resident to work for his company this week. This hire furthers the goals of the Bristol Redevelopment Plan, as it increases minority participation in the project, increases minority […]