Permits issued for Dunbar Court replacement


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URBANA — Building permits have been issued for the new Hamilton on the Park housing development that will replace Dunbar Court in north Urbana.

The 36-unit development will be built at the northeast corner of Wright and Eads streets, on the southeast side of Douglass Park.

It will consist of six multifamily residential buildings — each containing four to 10 units — and a recreational building. The estimated cost of the seven buildings is $4.3 million, according to the permits.

Hamilton on the Park is expected to be completed this fall, according to Rosemont-based McShane Construction Co., which received the construction contract from the developer, Atlanta-based The Benoit Group.

The residential buildings will form a U-shape around a central drive, named Brookstone Court, that extends north from Eads Street.

The recreational building, which includes an exercise room, will be located at the south end of the development, with a playground situated just north of the rec building.

The residential units will be a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom units, all having energy-efficient windows and Energy Star appliances.

Each unit will be equipped with a range, refrigerator, dishwasher, garbage disposal, washer and dryer, central air conditioning, ceiling fan, window coverings and crown molding. The living quarters will have nine-foot ceilings, and Hamilton on the Park will have on-site management.

Margaret Neil, chairwoman of the Housing Authority of Champaign County's board of commissioners, said the Hamilton on the Park name was proposed by The Benoit Group and has no particular local significance.

Dunbar Court, which had 25 residential units, was one of two housing developments recently demolished by the Housing Authority of Champaign County to make way for new developments.

Also demolished was Joann Dorsey Homes, at the northwest corner of Bradley and McKinley avenues in Champaign.

A new development called Providence — also with The Benoit Group as developer — is expected to be built at that site and at a second site, with a combined total of 252 residential units.

Housing authority minutes don't specify the location of the second site, but refer to the two sites as Providence at the Gardens and Providence at the Market.

Last July, the housing authority's board of commissioners authorized the execution of an agreement for the purchase of vacant land at 2501 N. Neil St., C — near the intersection of Neil Street and Interstate Drive, northwest of Market Place Shopping Center. It is unclear whether the purchase went through.

Housing authority offices were closed Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, and staff members could not be reached for comment.