August housing construction up 9.2%, but permits slide

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home construction rebounded in August at the fastest pace in seven months but applications for new building permits plunged, sending mixed signals for an industry that has been struggling with rising lumber costs.

Former Bresee Tower's new owners discuss plans for hotel-casino complex

DANVILLE — With casino expansion legislation brewing in Springfield, the owners of the newly named Collins Tower are now considering working a casino into their plans to redevelop Danville's tallest building into a hotel.

Champaign council approves zoning changes for In-Town neighborhood

CHAMPAIGN — Residents of the In-Town neighborhood packed the city council chambers Tuesday as members approved new zoning regulations — with one amendment — that one critic charged could "change the tenor of the neighborhood."

Pipe pressure before gas explosions was 12 times too high

BOSTON (AP) — The pressure in natural gas pipelines prior to a series of explosions and fires in Massachusetts last week was 12 times higher than it should have been, according to a letter from the state's U.S. senators to executives of the utility in charge of the pipelines.

Significant Structures | Tiernan Building embodies work of 'Urbana's architect'

URBANA — This building has never lost its magic.

The first floor of 115 W. Main St. was once a grocery store (now Crane Alley), but above it were an opera house, then a Masonic organization. You can clearly see these traces, even in a building with many new touches.

Building permits, Sept. 16, 2018

Listed are permits for all new single-family and multifamily residences as well as commercial and industrial work and residential remodeling costing over $25,000.

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


Timbercreek Developers, new single-family residence at 1604 Congressional Way, $340,000.

Las Vegas developer is winning bidder for Urbana's Landmark Hotel

URBANA — A Las Vegas-based real-estate developer is the new owner-to-be of the shuttered Landmark Hotel in Urbana.

'Yards' group heads to D.C. to lobby for federal grants for project

WASHINGTON, D.C. — After pitching the Champaign City Council on the plan for "The Yards" development in the southern part of downtown, local officials traveled to the nation's capital to secure federal funding for the estimated $200 million project.

New building-size rules still a concern for Champaign neighborhood group

CHAMPAIGN — A couple hundred residents of Champaign's In-Town neighborhood west and south of downtown have banded together to protest a zoning ordinance up for a vote Tuesday by the city council.

It's the latest chapter in a monthslong effort by residents to keep the historic feel of some of Champaign's older neighborhoods intact.

Urbana's Landmark Hotel sold for $1.3 million

URBANA — After a $3.95 million bid for the Landmark Hotel failed to meet owner Xiao Jin Yuan's reserve price in December, the hotel went up for auction again this week.

"The owner has lowered his expectations significantly," his broker Rick George said Monday.