Unlike the Chicago Cubs, the Champaign City Council remains relevant in September.
If you haven't noticed yet, I plan to open these monthly City Building updates with a witty knock on the Cubs (because it's so easy). I already have a good one for October. The off-season will be tough, admittedly, but I'm sure I'll be able to muster up a few.
But I digress. Below are a few topics you should expect to hear about during the next several weeks. Some of these are coming up at tonight's regular city council meeting.
Christie Clinic development at Curtis Road. The council tonight will consider an annexation agreement with Raufeisen Development, the company heading the construction of a subdivision at the northwest corner of the Curtis Road interchange with Interstate 57. That's essentially a contract that lays out the responsibilities of both the developer and the city. This is the first major development adjacent the touted interchange.
The developer is planning for senior transitional housing, a “community wellness center” and a 105-room hotel. The design also calls for small retail or office spaces centered around an open town square. The clinic itself would be anywhere between 200,000 and 260,000 square feet upon completion. Its construction would be phased, with the first portion occupying 60,000 square feet.
Drainage improvements. We'll hear about plans for storm water drainage improvements in the Washington Street East and West watersheds this month. The first action (scheduled for tonight) would be acceptance or denial of a $1.8 million contract with Cross Construction to implement the improvements in the Washington Street East watershed once they are designed. Later in the month, we're scheduled to hear about a plan for the Washington Street West watershed.
Multifamily recycling. City officials are preparing for the multifamily home recycling program they have already approved and plan to begin at the end of this year. Tonight, city council members could authorize the purchase of $121,687.50 worth of 96-gallon recycling bins — that's 2,750 bins at $44.25 each. I'll have more later this week on the details of the bins. They're more interesting than you might think (sorry for the barefaced teaser).
Public Works Advisory Board dissolution. This would be the third city committee in the past couple months that has been dissolved. Previously, the city council approved the repeal of the public arts group and the Liquor Advisory Commission. Mayor Jerry Schweighart said those groups rarely discussed relevant issues. The vote on the public works board will be Tuesday.
Bristol Place Neighborhood Plan. I'll be short on details on this one, because a discussion on this was scheduled for July (then pushed back) and August (and again pushed back) and now September. The city has been looking for ways to improve the Bristol Place neighborhood, and I wrote about it in this story.
And that's all I have at the moment. If you have any questions or comments, please feel encouraged to post them below, e-mail me or send me a message on Twitter.