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Almost no room at the inn — for smoking

If you're a smoker visiting Champaign County, you'll be hard pressed to find a hotel that will let you light up indoors.

Building permits, June 28, 2015

Listed are permits for all commercial and industrial work, all new single-family and multifamily residences and all residential remodeling over $50,000. Permits are listed by applicant, description, site and cost.

CHAMPAIGN

KAP Architecture, repair/replace guardrail at multifamily residence at 102 E. Gregory Drive, $50,000.

Campus Marriott will have first guests next week

CHAMPAIGN — The Marriott TownePlace Suites hotel in Campustown expects to welcome its first guests next week, according to the company that developed the building.

Building permits, June 21, 2015

Listed are recent permits for all commercial and industrial work, all new single-family and multifamily residences and all residential remodeling over $50,000.

Permits are listed by applicant, description, site and cost.

CHAMPAIGN

Andrew Fell Architecture & Design, new multifamily residential/commercial building at 601 S. First St., $6,562,154.

Land at west edge of campus to be sold; apartments possible next use

CHAMPAIGN — A wide swath of land on the far west end of Campustown is up for sale, possibly foreshadowing the construction of more mammoth apartment complexes on campus.

Hurdles cloud future for Cherry Orchard

RURAL THOMASBORO — It's been several years since a 44-unit apartment complex on U.S. 45 between Thomasboro and Rantoul caused Champaign County officials countless headaches over sanitary sewer and occupancy violations.

Now, its owner is shopping the property, but a potential buyer backed out over the cost of renovation. Hurdles remain before it can be used again.

Home sales up for first five months of year

SAVOY — Dennis and Denise Donaldson had been looking for a bigger home for several years, and they finally found it this year.

Their choice: a 3,200-square-foot ranch-style home at 119 Blazing Star Drive in Savoy's Prairie Fields subdivision.

Council OKs rezoning for Highland Greens

URBANA — A housing project for homeless veterans that would be the first of its kind in the area is one step closer to reality — and not everyone in Urbana is happy about it.

The city council approved a rezoning request from Urbana's community development department for the area that will be the home to Highland Greens.

Champaign's new deal on electric rates to start today

CHAMPAIGN — One year after dumping its electric-aggregation program, Champaign will start a new one today.

Home Sweet Homes: The 2015 Showcase of Homes

Here's an advance look at the six houses in the 2015 Showcase of Homes, which starts Friday, courtesy business writer Don Dodson.

What can visitors expect to see at the showcase this year?

Variety, according to Terry Greene, executive officer of the Home Builders Association of East Central Illinois, which puts on the 10-day event.