Planned burn of complex in Urbana delayed by winds

Planned burn of complex in Urbana delayed by winds

URBANA — A scheduled burn of the remaining five buildings in the Urbana Townhomes complex on Lierman Avenue has been rescheduled for Friday.

The controlled burn originally slated for Thursday has been postponed a day due to high winds being forecast.

Personnel from area fire departments have been setting the vacant buildings ablaze for training since last fall. The goal is to burn the buildings to the ground.

Friday's burn is expected to start at 8 a.m. and be completed by 4 p.m.

The public should expect several fire trucks from many area departments and a heavy amount of smoke.

Lierman Avenue between Washington and Hunter streets will be closed to traffic during the burn.

City officials started condemning the buildings and moving residents out of the Urbana Townhomes complex in 2011 after the structures were found to be unsafe and hazardous. The city eventually took ownership of the complex and started planning its demolition in 2012.

If the weather conditions are bad Friday, the burn will be moved to Wednesday, April 16.

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