Construction spending flat in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — Spending on U.S. construction projects was essentially unchanged in September, the weakest showing since June, as an increase in home construction was offset by a slide in spending on government projects.

The Commerce Department said Thursday that the flat reading for September followed a 0.8 percent rise in August.

Entertainment listings, Nov. 1-8, 2018


This weekend


What: A Klose Knit Fashion Show — Where Knitting Meets Passion. Silent auction and raffle. Presented by Imbibe Urbana.

When: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 2.

Where: held in the back hallway of Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana, behind Common Ground Food Co-op, 300 S. Broadway Ave., #166, downtown Urbana.

Second-place bidder now has dibs on Landmark Hotel

URBANA — The historic Landmark Hotel is expected to sell for $100,000 less than expected after the top bidder in last month's auction failed to place a 10 percent deposit.

Las Vegas-based real-estate firm JWM Ventures LLC bid $1.3 million for the Urbana hotel in September.

Neighbors worried about alley access during high-rise's construction

CHAMPAIGN — The owner of the Cracked restaurant on Green Street is not looking forward to more than 18 months of construction in his backyard.

Building permits, Oct. 28, 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.


Ironwood Builders Inc., new single-family residence at 2002 Max Run Drive, $307,000.

Significant Structures | Chateau Normand filled with windows into the past

URBANA — A Normandy-style former sorority house on campus has been remodeled into a luxury apartment building, with much of the old structure kept as it was, from the tall steel windows dating to 1928, to a 1962 addition.

In rehabilitating the former Zeta Tau Alpha sorority house at 1404 S. Lincoln Ave., owner Pierre Moulin struggled to keep the building true to its 1928 origins.

Champaign County home sales down 10 percent in September over 2017

CHAMPAIGN — With interest rates and prices both on the rise, Champaign County home sales declined in September by about 10 percent compared with a year ago.

Last month, 218 homes were sold, down from 241 in September 2017, according to the Champaign County Association of Realtors.

Even so, home sales for the year are slightly ahead of where they were at this time last year.

Northwest Champaign subdivision once again owns its lakes

CHAMPAIGN — More than a year after homeowners in a Champaign subdivision lost their neighborhood detention ponds and common areas in a tax sale, they've gotten them back.

Entertainment listings, Oct. 25-Nov. 1, 2018


This weekend


What: Ages 11 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Dress up in your favorite costume and join the Champaign and Urbana Park Districts for trick-or-treating, games, and a costume contest. Take a walk through our spook-tacularly (family-friendly) Haunted House.Bring a bag to collect your goodies.

Shuffling continues in downtown Champaign

Questions? Ask them here

CHAMPAIGN — After Merry Ann's Diner abruptly closed its downtown location in July, One Main Development had four vacancies on its hands.