Category: Neighborhood Services Department News

Staff to Watch Trash for Clean Commencement

The City of Champaign will be increasing enforcement in the University District beginning Monday, May 8, in preparation for University of Illinois commencement exercises. Each spring, Code Compliance inspectors are in the campus area daily to observe nuisance conditions, including overgrown vegetation, overflowing dumpsters, and dumpsters that have been previously emptied but left an overflow […]

2017 Service Together Achieves Results (STAR) Awards

2017 Service Together Achieves Results (STAR) Awards NSD Staff in partnership with the Neighborhood Services Advisory Board, WCIA 3, and Busey Bank sponsored the eighth annual STAR Awards Ceremony on April 27. The 2017 STAR Awards kicked off with a networking reception which provided an exciting  opportunity for neighborhood leaders, residents, and, volunteers to network […]

Bristol Place Updates

Bristol Place Updates Demolition has Resumed In Bristol Place The two previously discovered cisterns were sealed and inspected by the Illinois Department of Public Health and demolition activity has resumed on the two properties. Sims Drilling, LLC sealed the Cisterns and Champaign Economic Restoration Endeavors (C.E.R.E) has resumed demolition of the properties in Bristol Place. […]

Uninhabitable House

Uninhabitable House   On April 25, Property Maintenance Inspector Cliff Peete responded to a tenant inspection request to complete an inspection of a residence due to no hot water. During the inspection, Peete observed the following deficiencies which made the property unfit for habitation and resulted in a condemnation notice being issued: The bathroom did not […]

Champaign Neighborhood Services Director Announces Resignation

Kevin Jackson, Neighborhood Services Director for the City of Champaign, has announced his resignation effective later this month.  Jackson will be leaving to assume a new position as Deputy City Manager for the City of Long Beach, California. Upon making his announcement, Jackson said, “I am grateful for the opportunity to work for such an […]

Neighborhood Services Convenes Second Meeting of Bristol Park Steering Committee

Neighborhood Services Staff convened the second monthly meeting of the Phase II Bristol Park Steering Committee on Thursday, April 20 at Human Kinetics. The meeting was attended by 17 steering committee members and 10 members of the general public. Those in attendance provided feedback to Public Works and design consultants from Farnsworth Group regarding design […]

NSD Launches Cleanup in Planning Area One

On Saturday, April 15, Neighborhood Services Department (NSD) Code Compliance and Coordination Staff organized and implemented a gateway cleanup project along Bloomington Road. Twelve neighborhood residents joined the implementation of the neighborhood cleanup initiative. During the project, 26 bags of litter were collected, along with discarded household items including a television, baby bassinet, crow bar, […]

Bristol Place Demolition Work Slowed by Cisterns

Bristol Place demolition contractor Champaign Economic Restoration Endeavors Inc. (C.E.R.E.) discovered cisterns on two of the properties they were demolishing in Bristol Place, 1210 N. Market and 112 E. Garwood. Neighborhood Services staff issued a “Stop Work Order” for both of the properties and contacted Sims Drilling LLC to assess the properties.

Neighborhood Services Attends Joint Meeting

At the April 4 joint meeting between Continuum of Care and Council of Service Providers to the Homeless, Community Development Specialist Janel Gomez presented the draft FY 2017/18 Annual Action Plan and draft HOME Amendment, which would increase the number of households receiving tenant based rental assistance. The HOME funds would also provide additional financial resources to build or purchase […]

City Staff Facilitates Meeting in Plan Area One

On March 27, Neighborhood Coordination Staff organized and facilitated the bi-monthly meeting of neighborhood residents and groups from Planning Area One. The meeting was held at Stratton Elementary. Public Works Director Dennis Schmidt attended the meeting to address concerns related to street maintenance, tree trimming and infrastructure improvements. Additionally, residents and groups from the area have been working collaboratively over the last year to advocate for additional resources and neighborhood improvements. […]