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Construction update: Residential projects near UI campus

CHAMPAIGN – Last year, construction on campus was overshadowed – literally – by two big apartment projects in Champaign: the 18-story Burnham 310 complex on Springfield Avenue and the 24-story 309 Green complex on Green Street.

This year, several new residential projects have been going up on the west side of campus, despite a slower construction year. Here's a quick look at some of those projects:

Tent community hosts get-together for residents, officials

CHAMPAIGN – Linda Cafin came to the backyard of the Catholic Worker House in Champaign on Saturday afternoon to see what was going on.

The Monticello resident who grew up in a house next door was really there on behalf of her 89-year-old mother, who still lives on Cottage Court, next door to where Safe Haven members have erected a tent city for homeless people.

Construction manager has niche in Greek market

MONTICELLO – Nat Rassi credits a trip to Poughkeepsie, N.Y., for opening his eyes to how big his professional world could be.

Rassi, who has lived in East Central Illinois since he was 10 years old, worked in construction management for PKD Inc. before deciding to go out on his own.


2009 Showcase of Homes reflects trends, tones

SAVOY – Colors in today's brand new houses form stark contrasts.

A black cabinet hangs on a dark green wall atop baseboards painted white.

Danville Housing Authority getting flooded with requests

DANVILLE - The Danville Housing Authority recently opened its Section 8 housing wait list, which attracted 700 new applicants in five days and reinvigorated a push from city officials to give preference to applicants from the Danville area.

Mayor Scott Eisenhauer has asked the local housing authority, verbally and in writing, to consider reducing the number of public housing units and public housing vouchers in Danville and to consider a local preference when prioritizing applicants on the wait lists.

Bells, whistles toned down for Showcase of Homes

SAVOY – Nicole McGuire Thompson said she wanted to go into home building from an early age.

Three years ago, she got the chance. Her father, Jeff McGuire, was in the home-building business in Gibson City, and she joined him after seven years in pharmaceutical sales.

Development continues on M2 building; restaurant next up

CHAMPAIGN – Interior work on the restaurant planned for the new M2 building in downtown is expected to begin sometime this month.

Destihl Restaurant and Brew Works, originally expected to open last fall, is still planning to be in M2, according to Matt Potts, the brewer who founded the Bloomington-based restaurant and brewery.

Condo owners taking over duties during foreclosure

CHAMPAIGN – A foreclosure complaint has been filed against the developer of a condominium community on Champaign's north side, and residents there are wondering when the subdivision will be completed.

Bank of America on May 29 filed a complaint of foreclosure against Raycorp-Champaign LLC, developer of Villas at Ashland Farm.

Danville poised to assume Renaissance's asset debt

DANVILLE – Two months ago, the city cut more than 20 jobs and initiated other cost-saving measures to help its bottom line. Now, the city is prepared to take on a $123,000 debt amassed by the Renaissance program, a nonprofit, volunteer-led organization created by the city several years ago to rehabilitate downtown neighborhoods.

While assuming the Renaissance debt concerns some aldermen, the majority of the city council's public services committee recommended last week that the city assume the Renaissance debt, and its assets, which includes about seven properties in the downtown area. The full city council votes on the issue Tuesday night.

In-ground or above, backyard pools are easy to create, enjoy

CHAMPAIGN – Members of the Law family point out that an in-ground pool costs no more than a nice automobile – $30,000 to $60,000.

An above-ground pool – a big seller this year – starts at $2,900.

"It's like putting Legos together, you can do it yourself," said Amy Law. She married into the Law family and pool business 10 years ago. "I think that's why they call it 'The Big Easy.'"