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County may start looking at building code

URBANA — Prodded by last year's court-ordered closure of a ramshackle and unsanitary apartment complex south of Rantoul, Champaign County Board members may be taking the first tentative steps toward enacting a county building code.


Property tax bills show mostly lower assessments, higher rates

URBANA — As usual, Champaign County's property tax bills will go out in the mail on May 1.

But not as usual, this year's bills reflect lower property assessments, due primarily to decreases in the value of residential property. The reduced assessments also triggered, for the most part, higher tax rates.


Fair housing advocate says concept has grown

CHAMPAIGN — Fred Underwood was a community organizer in Chicago before Barack Obama was.

Underwood worked on the city's southwest side in the 1970s and early '80s and saw how discrimination damaged people's sense of well-being.


Home sales surge 19% in March; prices stable

CHAMPAIGN — March home sales were strong in Champaign County, compared with the same month a year ago.

But home prices haven't increased substantially, according to statistics from the Champaign County Association of Realtors' Multiple Listing Service.

The association said 174 single-family homes were sold in March, up from 146 a year earlier — an increase of 19 percent.


Housing plan up for review in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Council members this week will see a draft of a plan outlining the city's affordable and special housing needs and how officials hope to address any gaps next year.


Developments planned near Boneyard Basin

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign developer Dan Hamelberg said he plans to move ahead with designs for a new apartment community along First Street, west of the Boneyard Basin.

Meanwhile, the owner of an adjacent auto body shop at the northeast corner of First Street and Springfield Avenue said he plans to tear it down and replace it with a new commercial building.


University Group buying 17 Barr buildings

CHAMPAIGN — The University Group has agreed to acquire Barr Real Estate's apartments on and around the University of Illinois campus.


Inman should be ready for residents by July 1

CHAMPAIGN — Renovation work is well under way at the Inman Place senior living center in downtown Champaign, and managers say residents should be able to start moving in about July 1.

The first phase of the renovation project is expected to be complete in 60 days, with the second phase expected to extend 90 days beyond that.


Shows on safe, affordable housing air today on WILL

URBANA — Programs airing today (Tuesday, March 27) on WILL-TV and WILL-AM will focus on safe, affordable housing in the area.

According to Illinois Public Media spokeswoman Mary Barrineau, the nation's economic decline has led to many changes in housing stock and neighborhoods in Champaign and Vermilion counties.


Pending home sales surge; price jump yet to be seen in Champaign County

CHAMPAIGN — This year has the early markings of a rebound in home sales, according to data from the Champaign County Association of Realtors.

In February, 106 sales were closed, up from 95 a year earlier. Plus, there were 208 pending sales, up from 134 a year earlier, figures from the association's Multiple Listing Service show.