City-owned parking lot in downtown Urbana.

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December 20, 2018

Arts-Centered Residential Development Planned For Downtown Urbana

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.

The Urbana City Building

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November 26, 2018

Urbana Hires Firm For Facilities Master Plan

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.

Champaign City Building

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September 19, 2018

New Zoning Rules For Older Champaign Neighborhoods

New zoning rules for Champaign’s five “In-Town” zoning districts passed the Champaign City Council Tuesday night with a last-minute compromise. 

Demolition under way at the Burnham Mansion in Champaign.

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September 11, 2018

Demolition Of Champaign Burnham Mansion Completed

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 the Clark Park Steering Committee.

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August 21, 2018

Conservation District Sought For Champaign’s Clark Park Neighborhood

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.

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