Housing

Urbana ready to try again to develop vacant land

URBANA — City officials are rebooting a project they put on hold two years ago and are now looking for a real estate agent they hope will bring a retail and residential development to the eastern edge of downtown Urbana.

Toward the end of 2011, the city had a proposal for a six-story, $84 million complex in the 200 block of South Vine Street. But a developer never came along to build.


House with a Nobel past

URBANA — The MRI wasn't the only thing that Paul Lauterbur invented. The Nobel Prize-winner came up with the basic design for his house north of Urbana.

It's an unusual one, a tri-level beauty partly sided with stone veneer and nestled onto the side — not top — of a hill in Holcomb Woods, a mile or so south of the better-known Brownfield Woods.


Building permits, March 23, 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, location, description and cost.

CHAMPAIGN

Armstrong Construction, new single-family home at 1612 Crabapple Lane, $232,000.


Federal housing money coming to East Central Illinois

The head of the Housing Authority of Champaign County said the more than three-quarters of a million dollars the agency will receive from the federal government will help with needed repairs.


Public health officials press case for smoke-free apartments

CHAMPAIGN — Your home is your castle, and that includes the air you breathe. But what if your home is an apartment and your neighbor smokes?


Building permits, March 16, 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, location, description and cost.

CHAMPAIGN

MSA Professional Services, new multifamily residence, The Quarters, at 11 E. Columbia Ave., $2,485,000.


Bob Swisher: Area shows had early departures

On a recent weekend in East Central Illinois, antiquing enthusiasts could choose from primitive shows in Amish land with numerous locations, the Piatt County antique stores and the weekend event in Farmer City.


Plant pansies to brighten up your spring garden

By the University of Illinois Extension

Pansies are making a comeback in the garden world, according to Rhonda Ferree, a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator.

"According to the Garden Media Group, pansy and violet sales were up 6.4 percent in 2011," Ferree said. "Since then, pansies have been in high demand for both spring and fall sales."


Champaign County home sales up 15% in February

CHAMPAIGN — February home sales in the Champaign County area were up about 15 percent from a year ago, but the number of pending sales was down.

A total of 125 homes were sold in February, up from 109 in February 2013, according to the Multiple Listing Service of the Champaign County Association of Realtors.


Building permits, March 9, 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, location, description and cost.

CHAMPAIGN

HERE Champaign, new multifamily/parking/retail complex at 308 E. Green St., $46.9 million.


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