Housing

Housing

Urbana council to vote on joining state abandoned-property program

URBANA — The city could be joining in the Illinois Housing Development Authority's abandoned-property program to receive $71,000 for residential plots.

Ground broken on extended-stay Marriott in east Danville

DANVILLE — Construction begins this week in Danville on a new 80-unit TownePlace Suites by Marriott, an extended-stay hotel that will serve a niche market, according to the property owners and local officials.

Building permits, April 23, 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

Timothy H. Smith, new single-family residence at 3701 Lighthouse Pointe, $124,000.

Champaign County housing sales up 5.8% in March

CHAMPAIGN — March was another strong month for housing sales in Champaign County, with sales up 5.8 percent compared to a year ago.

For the year's first quarter, sales were up 5.3 percent from 416 sold during last year's first quarter to 438 this quarter, according to the Champaign County Association of Realtors.

Welcome sites: Area bed-and-breakfasts find their niche

CHAMPAIGN — During one of the busiest Aprils in memory, area bed-and-breakfasts are filling up just as quickly as hotels.

"We were full for Moms Day. During graduation, we're full for four days," said Sylvia Sullivan, who runs Sylvia's Irish Inn on Green Street in Urbana. "April and May is when we make our money."

Building permits, April 16, 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

Bickers Construction, moving single-famiy residence onto new foundation at 1700 W. Washington St., $69,000.

Tom Kacich: Invest in hotel? Urbana's been burned before

What are your thoughts about the downtown Urbana hotel?

There's a lot of concern in Urbana about the public's reinvestment — now said to be about $7 million — in a 94-year-old hotel building smack dab in the center of the city.

Building permits, April 9, 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

TAG Residential LLC, new single-family residence at 301 Doisy Lane, $158,607.

Well de— er, preserved

An endangered Paxton school, the oldest-known Amish house in the state and a candy store in Tuscola are among the winners of the 2017 PACA Heritage Awards, which recognize outstanding projects and individuals who have contributed to historic preservation efforts in East Central Illinois. Here’s a look, courtesy staff writer Paul Wood:

Local businesses support plan for Urbana's Landmark Hotel

URBANA — Alderman Dennis Roberts took to the streets to find out what downtown business owners and employees think about a possible deal to redevelop the Landmark Hotel into a Hilton Tapestry boutique hotel, which would cost the city $9.5 million in post-construction bonds.