Category: Planning & Development Department News

Downtown TIF Concludes after 36 years of Rebuilding Downtown Champaign

Downtown TIF Concludes after 36 years of Rebuilding Downtown Champaign On Friday, December 15, 2017, the Downtown Tax Increment Financing District officially ended and with it, the primary funding stream for 36 years’ worth of revitalization work.  The Downtown TIF was initially enacted on December 15, 1981 as a tool to reverse years of decline […]

Storefront Improvement Program Used to Restore Art Marquee

Storefront Improvement Program Used to Restore Art Marquee The Art Film Foundation is preparing to officially rededicate the renovated Art Theater Marquee on Monday, December 18th at 6:30 PM. This year long project involved a community fundraising drive to match the $10,000 available in the City’s Storefront Improvement Program. In total, $23,000 in repairs were […]

In-Town Neighborhood Listening Session

On Thursday, December 7, approximately 70 residents from the In-Town Neighborhood Association and the Washington Street Neighborhood Association attended a Listening Session at the Champaign Public Library.  The purpose of the Listening Session was to hear interests and concerns as they relate to zoning and development regulations for new buildings in the In-Town Zoning Districts.  At […]

Urbana-Champaign Angel Network Meeting

On November 28, Planning and Development Director Bruce Knight participated in a pitch meeting of Urbana-Champaign Angel Network (UCAN) along with Champaign County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) staff, U of I Research Park staff, and possible Angel investors for the companies. The pitch meeting included three company presentations – two startups and one success story, […]

Suites at Third Achieves LEED Gold

Suites at Third Achieves LEED Gold The Suites at Third, located at 302 East John Street, is a new, 251-bed student apartment building constructed by American Campus Communities. The property opened to residents this past August. The project was approved with a Planned Development and the design of the building became a model for the […]

Planning Staff Attends Launch Event for Community Solutions Incubator

City Planning and Development staff attended the launch of the Community Solutions Incubator at the Krannert Center on Wednesday, September 27. The City of Champaign is a Founding Partner of the Community Solutions Incubator, which was set up to meet the needs of nonprofits focused on solving social problems in Champaign County. At the event, […]

PARK(ing) Day Engages Public on Downtown Plaza and Neil Street Corridor Studies

On September 22, Planning and Development staff participated in PARK(ing) Day in downtown Champaign. Hosted by the Student Planning Organization at UIUC, PARK(ing) Day reimagined 10 street parking spaces around the corner of Walnut Street and Chester Street as places for people. Staff transformed one parking space into a “temporary plaza” to generate interest in […]

Redevelopment of Hill & Neil Parking Lot in Downtown

Redevelopment of Hill & Neil Parking Lot in Downtown To allow for construction of a new downtown development, the City parking lot located at 401 N. Neil St. (corner of Hill St. & Neil St.) will close to the public at 9:00 p.m. on October 26, 2017. Alternate public parking will remain available in the […]