Items tagged: neighborhood services

2015 Wellness Spring Fling

On Monday, May 18, 2015, the City of Champaign will team up with the CommUnity Matters partners to put on an annual community resource fair. This year’s event will be held at Garden Hills Elementary School Gymnasium from 5-7 pm and will combine a wellness resource fair and family festival which is open to the…
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City of Champaign Ban on Running Bamboo

Champaign City Council adopted an ordinance to ban running bamboo within the City limits effective February 3, 2015. Running bamboo can become an invasive nuisance through the aggressive spread of underground rhizomes resulting in the emergence of new bamboo culms far from the plant. Running bamboo can also grow to a height in excess of…
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Consolidated Plan Public Engagement

Neighborhood Coordinator, John Ruffin and Neighborhood Programs Manager, Kerri Spear met to discuss Consolidated Plan Public Engagement and working with registered a groups and the general public to illicit comments for the next draft Consolidated Housing Plan.  The following list of proposed dates will be used to generate input from the general public for strategies…
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2015 STAR Awards Nominations

The City of Champaign Neighborhood Services Department is proud to announce for the sixth year a call to the public for STAR Awards nominations. The STAR Awards program encourages the public to recognize those exceptional individuals or groups of individuals who volunteer their time, talents, resources and energy to assist in our neighborhoods and community….
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308 N. Prairie Street

The apartment building at 308 N. Prairie St. has been cited on several occasions over the past 30 years for a lack of a second means of egress.  The current case on this building is an Apartment Inspection case started in 2006.  However, the building was cited for lacking two means of egress in 1982….
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Bristol Place Acquisition Update

Neighborhood Services and the Legal Departments conducted the first closing of the Bristol Place properties on November 5, 2014.  Mr. and Mrs. Pardy owned the vacant home at 1208 N. Clock.  Mrs. Pardy had been a regular attendee at the neighborhood meetings held at the Apostolic Church and had participated in the redevelopment focus group…
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Habitat for Humanity at 410 E Beardsley (final Taylor Thomas home)

Construction has begun on the final home located in the Taylor Thomas Subdivision.  The footings and crawlspace are installed and soon the volunteer schedule will be made available.  Susan Jones, Neighborhood Services Department, is coordinating with Habitat to secure a series of dates that will allow for employees to participate in the homebuilding process alongside…
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Restoration Urban Ministries “Mini Homes” Groundbreaking Ceremony

Greg Skaggs and Susan Jones attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the “mini home” to be constructed by Restoration Urban Ministries located at 410 W. Maple St. The approximately 400 sq. ft. home will be built using primarily volunteer labor and will be purchased by a low-income person who would not be able to afford or…
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Kenwood Road

Property Maintenance Inspector Tim Spear has been working with the owner of 715 Kenwood on housing issues.  The owner is under an extension agreement to have all violations corrected by September 16, 2014.  As part of this extension agreement, the owner agreed to demolish an old shed on the property.  As of September 12, 2014…
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Alternative Vegetation – Running Bamboo

Neighborhood Code Compliance made a presentation on running bamboo to the Champaign City Council during a study session on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. The study session was in response to recent complaints of running bamboo becoming invasive and not contained to an owner’s property. Code Compliance Manager David Oliver presented facts on running bamboo to…
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