A new four-story development in downtown Urbana would combine the arts with living space. Plans for the $20 million “Urbana Arts” development were announced by the city of Urbana late Wednesday. The project is to be built on a city-owned parking lot (previously single-family homes) on East Illinois Street, just south of Lincoln Square Mall.
Terry Baker’s community and about a dozen others in Champaign County were purchased by an out-of-state mobile home mogul, David Reynolds, who residents say has increased lot rents to the point many worry they’ll eventually be priced out.
The city of Urbana has hired a consulting firm to create a thirty-year master plan for city facilities. The project has been one of Diane Marlin’s priorities as mayor of Urbana, and something she says is 15 to 20 years overdue for the city.
A demolition crew tore down the 134-year-old Burnham Mansion in Champaign on Tuesday, reducing it to a pile of rubble by evening. The home on Church Street that later become an apartment building is coming down to make room for the expansion of Champaign Central High School.
Members of a residents’ group in Champaign’s Clark Park neighborhood say they are not against new home construction. But the group wants the city to create a conservation district in their neighborhood to keep bigger houses from being built there. The Clark Park Steering Committee submitted a conservation district application to the city in early August.