Rooms with a view in downtown Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Dozens of people toured the Hyatt Place hotel in downtown Champaign on Tuesday, its first day of business.

"I think it will be like this for a while," General Manager Victor Patterson said of the steady stream of visitors eager to see how things look inside.

Area residents have been driving past for months, watching the nine-story building go up, he observed.

145-room Hyatt Place opens doors today

CHAMPAIGN — Today's scheduled opening of the Hyatt Place hotel in downtown Champaign marks the culmination of a project that dates back more than three years.

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Building permits, June 22, 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.


Petry-Kuhne Co., second-phase alteration to Carle offices at 2902 Farber Drive, $460,000.

Updated: Home sales up for sixth consecutive month

CHAMPAIGN — Home sales in the Champaign area rose in May for a sixth consecutive month, relative to the same months last year.

A total of 305 homes were sold in May, up from 295 homes in May 2013, according to the Champaign County Association of Realtors' Multiple Listing Service.

C-U at Home cancels fundraiser

CHAMPAIGN — C-U at Home has canceled its next fund-raiser, One Summer Day, that was set for June 28.

Melany Jackson, executive director of the nonprofit organization, said the cancellation was driven by low participation and a need to focus all attention on the opening of the Phoenix, a daytime drop-in center for the homeless, that is coming up in August.

Church volunteers finish two weeks of Habitat work in Gifford

GIFFORD — Volunteers from Paxton and Loda churches have completed two weeks of volunteering on a blitz build of three houses under the auspices of Champaign County Habitat for Humanity.

The Paxton Area Ministerial Association raised nearly $50,000 and provided volunteers for the home for Christy and Benjamin Calhoun being built on Gifford's east side.

Showcase of Homes returns

SAVOY — If you're one of those folks who like to see what's trending in new home construction, the Champaign-Urbana Showcase of Homes may provide you with clues.

The open house, which features seven newly built homes in Savoy's Prairie Meadows subdivision, begins Friday and runs through June 29. Hours are 3 to 7 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends.

No interest in eminent domain in school siting

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign school board has no interest in using eminent domain to acquire property around Spalding Park for a new high school, school board President Laurie Bonnett said Thursday.

"We don't want to force anybody out. If someone looks to sell us their home, it's not the same thing," she said.

Residents asked: Would you sell?

Would you be willing to sell if the school district wanted to buy your property?

"I got an appraisal for $86,000. And I'm not going to take a penny less. I don't care. I'll be the only one here in the middle of the school if they don't give me a fair price."

Daniel Hardy, Sherwood Terrace

Most at MTD hearing oppose Stone Creek annexation

URBANA -- Champaign-Urbana Mas Transit District board members got an earful Wednesday night from residents of Urbana's Stone Creek subdivision who don't want to be annexed into the transit district.

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