Building permits, April 27, 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.


E&T Enterprises of Illinois, new multifamily residence at 408 S. Prairie St., $541,000.

Wallin Gomez Architects, alteration for Wendy's restaurant at 2035 S. Neil St., $250,000.

Bob Swisher: Hit the road for two great shows

Two up-and-coming events that will require a little driving will occur this weekend and next weekend.

One takes place today and Sunday at the Gurnee Antique Market near Six Flags Great America in northern Illinois. The market is having its spring sale with some items up to 35 percent off.

New-home sales plunge in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes plummeted in March, as the spring buying season opened with sharp declines in the Northeast and South.

Group names 'Mad Men'-style house in Danville an at-risk property

SPRINGFIELD — A California woman called Danville real-estate broker Nate Byram and told him she wanted to buy 222 Prospect Place sight unseen.

Knowing the offer was probably too good to be true, he said he made sure she knew the house was in Danville, Ill. She thought it was in Danville, Calif.

Home sales roared back to life in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. homebuyers flooded back into the real estate market in March, pushing up sales and prices at the start of the spring buying season.

Sales of existing homes jumped 6.1 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.19 million, the National Association of Realtors said Wednesday.

Showcase of Homes to feature 6 Trails at Abbey Fields houses

CHAMPAIGN — One area of Champaign that has been busy with homebuilding is the Trails at Abbey Fields, where the Home Builders Association of East Central Illinois is preparing to hold its Showcase of Homes this summer.

Raising the roofs: Mahomet leading county in new home construction

MAHOMET — Mahomet easily takes the title of "capital" when it comes to new home construction in Champaign County this year.

The village 8 miles northwest of Champaign-Urbana has had 32 building permits for single-family homes so far this year, according to weekly listings in The News-Gazette.

By comparison, Savoy had 16 so far this year, and Champaign had 14.

Habitat seeking next recipient

DANVILLE — Habitat for Humanity of Danville is looking for people who are interested in owning a home built by the organization.

The organization is gearing up for an application drive, and officials hope some of the applicants will be area veterans.

PACA Heritage Awards: And the winners are ...

The 2015 Preservation and Conservation Association of Champaign County Heritage Awards will be presented at 2 p.m. April 26 at Community United Church, 805 S. Sixth St., C. Frank Butterfield, director of the Springfield Field of Landmarks Illinois, will be the guest speaker.

Bob Swisher: Three interesting items that crossed my path

I recently received a letter from a woman whose 96-year-old father died last November. She is in charge of his estate, and among his assets were three items he believed were of good value.

However, he did not relay to her how much he thought they were worth. Hence, she wrote to me and included nine photos of the items, hoping I could cast some light on them.