Category: Neighborhood Services Department News

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 […]

Vehicle Collision at 507 E. Clark

On June 16, Property Maintenance Inspector Cliff Peete responded to a call from the Fire Department regarding a vehicle that accidentally ran into the building at 507 E. Clark Street. Upon his arrival, Peete met with Building Safety Supervisor Larry Happ, who was on scene with the property owner and Structural Engineer assessing the condition […]

City Departments Partner with WCIA & WCIX Staff to Install Smoke Alarms

Firefighters, staff from the Champaign Fire and Neighborhood Services Departments, and employees of WCIA/WCIX Television and Home Depot were out Friday, June 17, installing smoke alarms in northwest Champaign. Thirteen volunteers from WCIA/WCIX Television came out on their Founder’s Day to be part of the effort.  Six volunteers from Home Depot also took part in […]

Mable Thomas Park

Mable Thomas Park has been the scene of numerous complaints from neighborhood residents living in homes adjacent to the park, and reports from county and local police concerning large groups of unsupervised youth fighting, vandalizing and destroying park equipment. After discussions with Champaign County officials regarding ongoing park sustainability, it was determined that the park […]

Neighborhood Community Development Meeting With PhD Student

Neighborhood Services Department staff met with Natalie Prochaska, a new PhD student at the University of Illinois Department of Urban and Regional Planning.  Ms. Prochaska is very interested in neighborhood community development and is eager to work with the department to get a better understanding of the work we do as well as the larger structural […]

Community Reinvestment Group

Neighborhood Services Department staff met with partners for the monthly meeting of the Community Reinvestment Group (CRG). Members were pleased with the credit seminar attendance in April and would like to hold another credit seminar in October. The plan is to again host the meeting at the offices of Habitat for Humanity and to work […]

Site Triangle Issue Abated

Environmental Inspector Kim Burnett investigated a complaint on May 24 regarding overgrown bushes blocking a public sidewalk at the intersection of Southwood and Stratford Drive.  Burnett verified the bushes not only were blocking pedestrian access to the sidewalk but were also creating a site triangle visibility issue at the intersection. A notice was issued to […]