Items tagged: NSD

Recent Fires Cause Damage to Homes, Structures

This week included a rash of fires in apartments, parking lots, and residential homes. The home at 714 W. Vine has been vacant for more than two years and has been undergoing rehabilitation under the City’s Vacant Nuisance Residential Building program. The fire started in the basement and created a large hole in the first floor. The […]


National Community Development Week Marked With Atrium Display

National Community Development Week is an annual celebration of the Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships program during the Congressional Easter Recess. This year National Community Development Week was held during the week of April 2-6.  In order to highlight the impact programs like the CBDG and the HOME Investment Partnerships […]


Code Compliance Demolition Activities

Vacant structures can pose a threat to public safety, not only to neighborhood residents but also police and fire responders. Buildings with securing boards often remain in that condition for extended periods of time. The condition of these buildings materially increases the risk of fire to the building and adjacent properties. Their dilapidated appearance negatively […]


Neighborhood Programs Lead to Structure Repair

In June of 2017, the Neighborhood Programs Division was tasked with making a house habitable after the home was badly damaged by fire. The damaged portion of the home contained the bedrooms, bathroom, water heater, breaker box, and furnace. The client had no homeowner’s insurance and the house was condemned pending repairs. If the home […]


End in Sight for Bristol Place Demolition Phase

Phase 1 of the Bristol Place Redevelopment is nearing completion. The last building in the Bristol Place Neighborhood, located at 110 Garwood St, is slated to be demolished this week. Originally, eighty acquired structures required demolition to clear the site for the upcoming planned affordable housing development. Clearing of the site allows the City to […]


2018 STAR Awards – Call for Nominations

The City of Champaign Neighborhood Services Department is proud to announce 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. Nominations are made by […]


Residential Exterior Rehabilitation Program

The City has closed on its first four Residential Exterior Rehab Projects. Additionally, there are six other homes approved and in process of closing and ten additional in the application pipeline. The first four homes are all located in the Garden Hills Neighborhood and include two garage repairs, a new roof, and a new driveway. […]


City Applies for Illinois Housing Development Authority Abandoned Property Program Grant

The Neighborhood Services Department (NSD) applied to the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) for $75,000 in their recent Round 3 Funding Cycle. The purpose of the grant program is to use funding in the Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund for costs incurred for the securing, maintenance, and demolition of abandoned residential properties. The funding […]


Bristol Demolition Update

The structure at 110 E. Bellefontaine was demolished this week. Family members and friends of the Apostolic Faith Church came out to view the demolition of their old church. The contractor allowed members to view the church before he demolished the building. Although this was bittersweet for the family members and friends, they told stories and reminisced about […]


Champaign City Government 101 Graduation Celebration

Graduates of the 2017 Academy of Champaign City Government 101(CCG-101) were recognized during a graduation celebration held on Tuesday, December 5. The celebration began with a dinner reception for CCG-101 students, the Mayor, City Council, and staff. Information on City Boards and Commissions was available to the students, as there are several CCG-101 alumni who […]