Housing

Building permits, Aug. 17, 2014

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, location and cost.

CHAMPAIGN

Habitat for Humanity, new single-family home at 410 E. Beardsley Ave., $150,000.


Leaders make cities' cases for area Realtors

Staff writer DON DODSON was at the Champaign County Association of Realtors meeting Tuesday as the mayors of Champaign, Urbana and St. Joseph and the Mahomet village president all made presentations. Here's three big points each of these leaders made:

DON GERARD, CHAMPAIGN


Proposal would put landlords on hook for negligence

URBANA — Negligent landlords would have to pay tenants' relocation costs if their apartments are shuttered, according to a proposed ordinance city council members supported on Monday.


It's Your Business: Oriental World moves to Urbana

Oriental World, which operated at Champaign's Market Place Shopping Center from May 2012 until February of this year, has moved east to Urbana's Lincoln Square Mall.

The store, located in the mall's west hallway, opened July 22 and had a formal grand opening on Friday.


Building permits, Aug. 10, 2014

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, location and cost.

CHAMPAIGN

KAP Architecture, new office/bank building at 2911 Crossing Court, $1,390,000.


Bob Swisher: Fritz picks date for Paxton visit

Frank Fritz from the TV show "American Pickers" is finalizing plans to visit Robin McNish in Paxton in late September.

McNish told me that Fritz will visit Sept. 27, concentrating on a 50-mile radius around Paxton for picking.

The city of Paxton is planning a host of festivities in conjunction with Fritz's visit.


Real-estate agents unfazed by July dip in home sales

CHAMPAIGN — For the first time in eight months, the number of home sales in the Champaign County area has failed to exceed that of the same month a year ago.

But despite the outcome in July, the president of the Champaign County Association of Realtors said he believes the real-estate market will remain strong.


Collection planned for Dump & Run

CHAMPAIGN — The bicycle your child has outgrown. The sofa that never quite fit in your living room. The set of glasses you no longer use.

The University YMCA will soon start collecting them all — and other reusable items — for its annual Dump & Run sale.


Top of the Morning, Aug. 7, 2014

You would be hard-pressed to find a busier place than Jim and Carol Scott's basement in Gifford.

That's where their son Derin Scott, his wife and their and five kids — ages 2, 6 (twins), 14 and 17 — have been living since November's tornado. It resembles the scene in "Willy Wonka," where four grandparents snuggled in a single bed.


City providing drop-off site for unwanted items

CHAMPAIGN — The city will again offer a place where students and others can drop off unwanted items as the August lease turnover is underway, especially on the University of Illinois campus.


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