Category: Neighborhood Services Department News

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. […]

United Garden Hills Neighborhood Association Announces New Initiatives at Monthly Meeting

The United Garden Hills Neighborhood Association held its monthly meeting on Monday March 20. Approximately 35 residents attended the meeting to hear about exciting new initiatives and partnerships which will work in collaboration with the neighborhood group to improve conditions within the neighborhood. Carle Foundation announced a 15 year initiative to impact health outcomes utilizing […]

STAR Awards to Honor Dedicated Community Groups and Difference Makers

The eighth annual STAR Awards will be held on April 27 at 7:00 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn (1501 S. Neil St., Champaign). This event is free and open to the public. This event was created to promote and recognize exemplary civic engagement efforts and initiatives across the city.  It is hosted by the City’s Neighborhood […]

Bristol Park Neighborhood Steering Committee Hosts Info Meeting with Developer, Residents

On Thursday, March 23, the Bristol Park Neighborhood Steering Committee hosted the public to learn more about the preliminary site plans for the Bristol Place redevelopment from developer AHDVS, LLC, and to consider a special request regarding honoring John Lee Johnson. In addition to Neighborhood Services Advisory Board (NSAB) and Steering Committee Chair Karen Foster, the meeting […]

Administrative Search Warrant – 1401 N. Champaign

Administrative Search Warrant – 1401 N. Champaign On March 9,  at 9:30 am, an administrative search warrant was executed to evaluate the interior condition of the single family residential structure located at 1401 N. Champaign. The inspection was conducted by Rehabilitation Technician Joe Lewis and Property Maintenance Inspector Cliff Peete. The purpose was to evaluate […]

Bristol Place Master Developer Submits Pre-application for Redevelopment

On behalf of the Bristol Place redevelopment partners, AHDVS, LLC, submitted to the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) a pre-application for the 9% low income housing tax credits (LIHTC). LIHTC provides the majority of funding for affordable housing rental developments across the nation and the 9% tax credits are highly competitive. IHDA will review the […]

Legal Department Assists In Gaining Compliance

Legal Department Assists In Gaining Compliance On February 25, 2016, a complaint was received concerning the exterior condition of the house at 301 S Elm. Property Maintenance Inspector Kim Burnett conducted an inspection of the property and issued a Housing Violation Notice. Throughout the year, contact was maintained with the owner and reinspections were performed […]