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Housing

Urbana officials looking to redevelop townhome site after burn

The Urbana Fire Department will burn the five remaining buildings in a condemned Urbana housing complex on the city's east side on Friday.
     
Local and area firefighters are gaining valuable training as they help the city clear the site of the Urbana Townhomes complex and also save money in demolition costs.

Lot J on campus to close April 16

CHAMPAIGN — A major campus parking lot will close next week as crews prepare to break ground on a six-story hotel and apartment complex just off Green Street.

Planned burn of complex in Urbana delayed by winds

URBANA — A scheduled burn of the remaining five buildings in the Urbana Townhomes complex on Lierman Avenue has been rescheduled for Friday.

The controlled burn originally slated for Thursday has been postponed a day due to high winds being forecast.

Home sales up, median price down from a year ago

CHAMPAIGN — Home sales in the Champaign County area continue to outpace sales from a year ago, according to figures from the Champaign County Association of Realtors.

The association's Multiple Listing Service said 173 homes were sold in March, up from 160 homes in March 2013.

That amounted to $24.16 million in sales, up less than 1 percent from sales in March 2013.

Building permits, April 6, 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

Signature Construction, new single-family home at 1903 Savanna Drive, $326,000.

Study: C-U among most compact cities in U.S.

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign-Urbana is the No. 5 most compact metropolitan area in the country, according to a study released Wednesday by Smart Growth America, a Washington, D.C. group that advocates for policies countering urban sprawl.

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

Tim Smith Construction, new single-family homes at 3723 and 3727 Sandstone Drive, $115,000 each, for total of $230,000.

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.

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.

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.