Housing

Housing

Chicago group eyes Bresee Tower for next project

DANVILLE — A Chicago organization with extensive experience providing affordable housing for the homeless is considering Bresee Tower in downtown Danville for its next project.

But some here would rather see the 12-story vacant office building turned into apartments geared toward students and professionals.

Building permits, Jan. 1, 2017

Listed are permits for all commercial and industrial work, all new single-family and multifamily residences and all residential remodeling costing more than $25,000. Permits are listed by applicant, description, site and cost.

Champaign

McGuire Custom Homes, new single-family residence at 5004 Abbey Fields Drive, $338,000.

Bob Swisher: A look back at the past 12 months

On the brink of 2017, I'll use today's column to take a look back at the past 12 months.

We started 2016 with a visit to the Pleasant Hill Antique Mall in Pekin.

In the second article of the year, we helped find a home for an old organ.

Housing authority to rewrite data-sharing deal with Urbana schools

URBANA — The Urbana school board has asked the Housing Authority of Champaign County to rewrite an agreement it'd like to make between the two parties,  regarding the sharing of student attendance data.

Building permits, Dec. 24, 2016

Listed are permits for all commercial and industrial work, all new single-family and multifamily residences and all residential remodeling costing more than $35,000.

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

Champaign

JSM Development Services LLC, alteration for tanning salon at 1909 W. Springfield Ave., Suite A, $35,761.

Tom's #Mailbag, Dec. 23, 2016

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A little bit of local history and a lot more about restaurants in this week’s holiday edition of the mailbag.

Apartment fire's cause: Electrical

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign fire officials say an apparent problem with electrical wiring started a fire that heavily damaged a Champaign apartment building last weekend.

“It was accidental but it was an electrical fire,” Champaign Fire Marshal Randy Smith said Thursday of the fire that displaced 10 occupants of the two-story building at 611 S. State St.

Tom Kacich: Urbana's tax-savings program paying off

Carl Hill remembers the days — during the comparative boom times of the Build Urbana program — that the community's second city would challenge Champaign for the most single-family housing starts in a year.

Building permits, Dec. 18, 2016

Listed are permits for all commercial and industrial work, all new single-family and multifamily residences and all residential remodeling costing more than $35,000. Permits are listed by applicant, description, site and cost.

Champaign

Ironwood Builders Inc., new single-family residence at 3907 Freedom Blvd., $241,000.

Updated: Fire damages Champaign apartment building

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign firefighters battled a two-alarm fire at an apartment building in the central part of the city Saturday night that displaced 10 people.