CHAMPAIGN — The Hyatt Place hotel in downtown Champaign is "a couple months" away from opening, its general manager said.
But the new facility is already seeing high demand for University of Illinois football weekends next fall.
CHAMPAIGN — Will the Hyatt Place be the start of a trend in downtown Champaign, or will it have the downtown lodging market to itself?
Champaign Planning and Development Director Bruce Knight said the city hasn't had further contact from hotel developers since the Hyatt project began.
Champaign had its turn five weeks ago.
Now Urbana is celebrating Urbana Restaurant Week, starting Monday and continuing through next Sunday.
Fixed-price menus — at $10, $20 and $30 options — will be available in at least 13 Urbana restaurants.
Heartland Gallery, the Celtic arts, crafts and gift store that recently closed in downtown Urbana, is coming back in two new locations.
Business owner Jan Chandler said she plans to open up a booth space in the new "north store" of Crossroads Corner Consignment inside the Whiteline Building at 723 S. Neil St., C.
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.
TCI, alteration for Gander Mountain store at 2006 N. Prospect Ave., $1,865,000.
DANVILLE — Longtime business owners Neal and Melody Ehrlich plan to continue living and working in Danville after the sale of their family business.
Russell Cellular, a family-owned company headquartered in Battlefield, Mo., took over the Ehrlichs' two Verizon stores in Danville at 22 N. Jackson St. and 2802 N. Vermilion St. last week.
Layalina Mediterranean Grill is back in business at a new location after fire destroyed its former location in November.
The restaurant reopened Wednesday in the former Minneci's building at First Street and Springfield Avenue in Champaign — just a couple blocks east of the previous Layalina site at 40 E. Springfield Ave., C.
URBANA — Brian Behrns plans to open an all-vegan restaurant in downtown Urbana this spring.
Behrns, who moved from California to the Champaign-Urbana area in 2004, said he hopes to open the Dancing Dog Eatery & Juicery at 126 W. Main St. in about three months.
Look for a new lumberyard along Champaign's Staley Road, a short distance north of West Springfield Avenue.
A building permit has been issued for a new LS Building Products facility at 211 S. Staley Road, with the work estimated at $1.1 million.
LS Building Products, based in East Peoria, already has a Champaign location, at 801 Pioneer St., just off North Prospect Avenue.
Crossroads Corner Consignment is expanding into another 5,000 square feet of the Whiteline Building in Champaign.
The new space is expected to open in late February or early March, with a "re-grand opening" for the business sometime in mid-March, said William Fleming, who co-owns Crossroads Corner with Kenny Lamm.