Category: Neighborhood Services Department News

Illegal Dumping

On April 4, 2018, Property Maintenance Inspector Kim Burnett observed several discarded mattresses in a commercial parking lot on North Prospect. Burnett visited with the property manager and provided a 24-hour Notice to Abate. The property manager indicated the mattresses did not originate from their business and were illegally discarded on the property. Burnett provided […]


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 […]


Neighborhood Services Department Attends Resource Fair

The City of Champaign’s Neighborhood Services Department attended the National African American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID) resource fair and dinner at Garden Hills on February 12.  Over 50 families attended the event where 20 vendors presented information and resources for families with children.  Neighborhood Programs Division staff handed out information on the Champaign Coalition, CommUnity […]


City of Champaign and Champaign Park District Announce New Community Award Program

The City of Champaign and the Champaign Park District are proud to announce a new partnership to honor those working tirelessly to improve our neighborhoods, parks, and community. The Champaign STAR Awards is an exciting new merger of the City’s STAR Awards and the Park District’s Champaign Park Honors programs.  STAR stands for “Service Together […]


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 […]


City of Champaign Reminder of Sidewalk Snow Removal for Campus and Downtown

With winter weather approaching, the City of Champaign would like to remind owners of properties located within the University District and the Downtown area that they are responsible for removing snow, ice, sleet or freezing rain from the sidewalks adjacent to their properties. The ordinance applies when accumulations are 2” or greater. The City of […]


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 […]