City Prepares for Campus Area Apartment Turnover

In preparation for the apartment turnover and the arrival of new students around the University of Illinois campus, the Neighborhood Services and Public Works Departments are once again taking proactive measures to ensure the campus area remains litter free.

The Neighborhood Services Department will increase inspection activity in the University District August 14-25, 2017, to ensure the area is free from overflowing dumpsters and overgrown vegetation. If a violation is observed, the inspector will immediately contact the property owner/management company and issue a 24-hour notice to abate. Failure to comply will result in City abatement action with the cost of abatement and $100 administrative fee billed to the property owner. In advance of the enforcement period, Neighborhood Code Compliance conducts an outreach program to reach out to University District property owners stressing the importance of an aesthetically appealing environment and requesting their cooperation in keeping their properties free from litter and overflowing dumpsters during the turnover period.

The Public Works Department will place cardboard collection dumpsters in strategic locations in the campus area during this time to reduce the amount of recyclable cardboard entering the waste stream. This provides the opportunity for students and property owners to properly dispose of cardboard that will not fit into their ‘Feed the Thing’ carts. The dates and locations of the cardboard collection dumpsters is as follows:

August 18-27, 2017
300 E. Chalmers St. between Third and Fourth Streets
400 E. Chalmers St. between Fourth and Fifth Streets
500 S. Third St. between Springfield Avenue and Healey Street

August 23-27, 2017
100 E. Chalmers St. between First and Second Streets
600 E. Clark St. between Sixth and Wright Streets
900 S. First St. between Daniel and Chalmers Streets

Rather than throwing away reusable furniture and household items, the City encourages residents to donate those goods to a local non-profit agency.  Several local agencies accept these items at drop-off locations, and some even offer free pick-up service.