URBANA – A Champaign landlord has been ordered not to rent out two apartments that have been condemned by the city, and he was given until Friday to make a third condemned apartment, in the same rental house, habitable.
Champaign County Circuit Judge Michael Jones issued the order Monday morning to landlord Bernard Ramos, who co-owns the rental home at 209 W. Green St. with his father, Eduardo. The rental house is located on the south side of Green Street across the street from the Champaign Public Library. Ramos lives at 213 W. Green St.
CHAMPAIGN – Despite outspoken opposition from local developers, the city council voted this week to raise development fees by an average of 25 percent to 30 percent.
The increases will take effect June 1 and will generate an additional $168,000 annually for the city.
CHAMPAIGN – After a wait of several months, Bacon & Van Buskirk finally got paid for the glass work the company did last fall on the Burnham 310 apartment project.
But an Urbana concrete company hasn't been as lucky.
CHAMPAIGN – A foreclosure complaint has been filed against the owners of the Inman Plaza in downtown Champaign, seeking sale of the property.
Lincolnwood-based Brickyard Bank filed suit against Avigdor "Victor" Horowitz, Ahuva Horowitz, Inman Plaza Inc. and Champaign Plaza LLC in Champaign County Circuit Court in March, claiming the defendants defaulted on a promissory note.
CHAMPAIGN – Tenants of properties that are foreclosed on generally have at least seven months – and probably longer – before they might have to move, an attorney for the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation said.
Karen Hsu said she couldn't speak about the specific circumstances faced by residents of The Inman retirement center in downtown Champaign, since she wasn't familiar with the foreclosure complaint against the owners.
New home construction plunged in the Champaign-Urbana area during 2008, but some local builders say they think the worst is over.
Low interest rates, a new $8,000 federal tax credit for first-time homebuyers and some lower-priced home models are attracting potential buyers to open houses – though many are still hesitant to pull the trigger, they say.
DANVILLE – An individual has an interest in buying the dilapidated, vacant Harwal Hotel and renovating the building, according to one city official, but the current owner has his own plans to renovate the historic structure for low-income housing.
Mayor Scott Eisenhauer declined to name the individual who wants to buy the Harwal or disclose the person's plans for the four-story brick building at 101 W. Harrison St., which has been empty since 2007.
URBANA – Another piece of the economic stimulus pie is on its way to East Central Illinois – more than $4 million for housing initiatives.
The Champaign County Housing Authority will get an extra $1.42 million in capital funds to modernize its public housing stock, and the Danville Housing Authority will receive more than $1 million, according to figures supplied by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The money could be available starting in April, officials said.
Four area communities will share $688,000 in federal grants to combat blight and improve neighborhoods as part of the economic stimulus package.
The American Recovery and Investment Act includes $1 billion in Community Development Block Grants for 1,200 state and local governments nationwide, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
DANVILLE - John Cunningham has been trying to sell a house on Nicklaus Street in Danville for about eight months.
The house is vacant, but as of Jan. 1, Cunningham must pay monthly garbage and sewer fees totaling $34.25 even though no one is living there.