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Apartments' receiver withdraws appeal of condemnation in Urbana

URBANA — City officials are considering their next move after the receiver for the troubled Urbana Townhomes apartment complex in the 900 and 1000 blocks of South Lierman Avenue withdrew its appeal of the city's condemnation.


Owners make plans for downtown building

CHAMPAIGN — The recent purchasers of the former Chicago Title Insurance building in downtown Champaign say they're considering building a five-story apartment building on the site.


Demolition begins at former swim club in Urbana

URBANA — Demolition work has started at the old site of the Windsor Swim Club, and preliminary work on a new development that will eventually become 48 condominiums will begin this fall.


Protest planned over Housing Authority plan

CHAMPAIGN — An activist is speaking out against a plan to give preferential housing assistance to residents who will be forced to move out of the Bristol Place neighborhood while city officials say it would help those residents' transitions out of their homes.


Home sales enjoying a resurgence locally

CHAMPAIGN — July home sales in the Champaign County area were 18.5 percent higher than a year earlier, and pending sales indicate August will be a strong month too.

"July typically marks the end of the traditional peak season, but apparently not this year, given the massive surge in pending home sales," said Matt Difanis, president of the Champaign County Association of Realtors.


Survey: Danville similar to other cities in downtown uses

DANVILLE - A recent survey of what zoning uses other Illinois cities allow in their downtowns didn't reveal any major differences compared to Danville's downtown.


June home sales well ahead of 2011 figures

CHAMPAIGN — June home sales in the Champaign County area ran far ahead of June 2011, and certain types of homes aren't staying on the market long.

"Anything affordable in Mahomet has sold in an instant this year," said Matt Difanis, president of the Champaign County Association of Realtors. That includes homes in the $125,000 to $200,000 range, he said.


Construction comes to downtown Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Two massive construction projects in downtown Champaign are getting under way this week.

Preparations are being made for demolition of the YG Financial building, 115 W. Church St., to help make room for the new Hyatt Place Hotel at the southwest corner of Church and Neil streets.


Next Research Park phase could include apartments

CHAMPAIGN — First things first: There's no word on a Trader Joe's.

But a key entrance to the University of Illinois Research Park could soon feature apartments, restaurants and retail stores targeting professionals who work at the park.


Teens help build Habitat house as part of summer course

CHAMPAIGN — It's one thing to build a house and be able to walk by for years, knowing you helped put it there.

But when it's a house for a good cause, that feeling is magnified.

Local high school students in a summer construction program are not only learning skills that might be useful for future careers, but they're also building a house with Habitat for Humanity.