County selling 2 lots acquired through public-nuisance ordinance

County selling 2 lots acquired through public-nuisance ordinance

Two empty lots acquired by Champaign County through enforcement of a public-nuisance ordinance have been put up for sale:

➜ The first parcel, at 1101 Carroll Ave., U, is a narrow, deep lot in a mostly residential neighborhood in an unincorporated area of the county that sits inside Urbana's city limits. It is about a half-acre — 66 feet by 305 feet — and is located inside the Fred C. Carroll's Subdivision next to the Town and Country apartments on Kerr Avenue.

It could be split into two lots for either single-family homes or duplexes, according to the county website.

An unoccupied house in the lot, which had been converted into apartments, caught fire in April 2015. Authorities said the fire appeared suspicious since no one had been living in the house for more than a year or so.

The asking price is $30,000.

➜ The second parcel, at 2603 Campbell Drive, C, is a corner lot in the Regency West subdivision of the Dobbins Downs neighborhood, a mix of single-family homes and duplexes between Prospect and Mattis avenues. The lot is within the Champaign city limits and is about 61 feet by 90 feet.

A duplex that was on the property burned down in 2000 and was declared a nuisance a year later. The burned-out house was razed in 2003.

In 2010, the Dobbins Downs Community Improvement Association, a nonprofit volunteer group, asked the county board to donate the lot in hopes of building a playground there. The county granted the space to the nonprofit and named it Mable Thomas Park. In September 2010, 350 volunteers built swings, rock-climbing walls, picnic tables and benches in about six hours.

But in 2016, after multiple complaints from residents and county and local police, the county decided to "de-park" the lot. Residents and police reported "large groups of unsupervised youth fighting, vandalizing and destroying park equipment."

The county is asking $7,800 for the lot.

An interactive map of the parcels is below:

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bookworm wrote on January 19, 2018 at 5:01 am

If it’s in an unincorporated area of Champaign County, then it’s OUTSIDE Urbana city limits.

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