Champaign almost done clearing Bristol Place for new development

Champaign almost done clearing Bristol Place for new development

CHAMPAIGN — The last pieces of the north-central Bristol Place neighborhood are being swept away for a low-income-housing development that is slated to break ground in May.

Bound by Roper Street on the north, Bradley Avenue on the south, Chestnut Street on the east and Market Street on the west, Bristol Place was torn down by city government throughout 2017. The affordable-housing complex being built in its place is part of an effort to revitalize the area.

Kerri Wiman, director of the city's neighborhood services department, said the neighborhood's last property was recently demolished.

"There will be one more contract to remove the remaining trees and debris," Wiman said. "Some trees will remain, the healthy and viable ones, and new trees will be planted."

A map of the affected area is shown below:

Previously home to about 80 structures, Wiman said the new Bristol Place will have substantially more units. About 10 percent of them will be market rate, while the rest will be low-income housing, she said.

Throughout this project, the city has worked to include small, local and minority- or female-owned contractors. The project's developer is the Chicago-based, minority-owned AHDVS LLC, and demolition work was split into groups of one to three properties so the desired contractors could bid on it.

Community development specialist Jean Algee said the city chose five contractors to clear out Bristol Place: ICD Ironhorse Inc., Champaign Economic Restoration Endeavors Inc., Fenter Machinery, Miller Enterprise and Gallagher Excavating LLC.

As the project progresses into construction, the city will take a step back and turn the site over to AHDVS.

"We're grateful and excited that it's moving forward," Wiman said of the project. The city started preparing Bristol Place for redevelopment in 2014.

The city council will vote on the project's master development agreement, financing plan and site plan on April 10 and May 1, Wiman said. A date in May for the groundbreaking ceremony has not yet been selected.

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