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Just thought it was odd that the next best city to Chicago in Illinois (IMHO) doesnt have a development thread. And I thought that NO thread existed for any smaller town in Illinois was odd. And agruably Champaign-Urbana has done quite well for itself of late and I thought it would be nice to have a thread about it.

I was just down there this past weekend and the cities look great.
And I just want a place to keep track of development there and whats going on at my old college.:cheers::cheers:
 

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Update on M2 building on Neil

http://www.news-gazette.com/news/bu...decision-has-no-effect-champaign-project.html

an excerpt.

BankChampaign has already moved into space on the first floor, but the long-touted Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works, which would occupy the anchor space at Church and Neil streets, has yet to open.

"Destihl has already started construction," said Sokolski, the chief executive officer of One Main Development. "They wanted to get it done in three to four months."
 

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^^ Some more information on the project:



According to local legend and news releases from M2, this is the largest construction project to be undertaken in downtown Champaign.

The development will feature the following:

9 Total Stories
1st Floor is all retail, approx 70% leased
4 floors of office space, approx 40% leased
Top 4 floors are residential condos, 25% pre-sold
Price Ranges from the $170’s to $428k
Sizes vary from 680sqft to 1900sqft
The condo fees for a 2br unit are expected to run around $360/month and include heat/AC/water/sewer/trash/building insurance and more. (Residents will have to pay for the electricity to run the heat pump which circulates the cool/warm air but that is a fraction of normal heating and cooling costs
Parking…. There are no parking spaces being sold or reserved with the condos however the City of Champaign is building a large parking garage in an adjoining structure. 24/7 permits are available and it sounds like availability will NOT be an issue for residents.
Click for City of Champaign Parking Deck info.

The developers have leases with the following companies that plan to occupy the 1st Floor and more on the way

Destihl Brew Works

An Unidentified Salon/Spa occupying a large portion of the space (approx 11,000sqft over 2 floors). The exact identity wasn’t disclosed at the meeting…

BankChampaign


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Urbana planning for new Crystal Lake Pool

Urbana Park District officials are proposing an outdoor swimming pool with a "sprayground" and two smaller pools that would cost up to $7 million and would be located on the site of the old Crystal Lake Pool in north Urbana.


The water surface area would be about 14,600 square feet – larger than the old Crystal Lake Pool (about 12,000 square feet). That pool, the second on the same site, was closed in the summer of 2008 after engineers discovered significant safety problems. The original Crystal Lake Pool opened in 1927.

http://www.news-gazette.com/news/pa...nts-proposed-replacement-crystal-lake-pool.ht
 

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Japan House

I remember when Japan House was on California....
http://www.dailyillini.com/news/campus/2010/10/03/japan-house-hosts-its-founder
I didnt get a chance to see the new one, but it looks cool.

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Japan House was originally founded in 1975 on the corner of Lincoln and California Streets.

Sato converted an 80-year-old Victorian house which was then owned by the University.

The construction of the current Japan House was completed in 1998. Today, the Japan House hosts a variety of cultural activities along with a few classes on Japanese culture that University students can take. These classes are instructed by Kimiko Gunji, director and professor of Japan House.

“Students can learn about the culture, especially my heritage, to warm their perspective,” Gunji said.

Classes include Chado: The Way of Tea, and Ikebana: Japanese Floral Arts. These can be taken through the School of Art and Design.
 

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Jumers/Lincoln Hotel Landmark status

http://www.news-gazette.com/news/po...ation-lincoln-hotel-back-urbana-councils-agen

http://www.news-gazette.com/news/po...n-lincoln-hotel-postponed-until-december.html

Decision on Lincoln Hotel postponed until December
Tue, 10/12/2010 - 7:00am | Patrick Wade
URBANA – The city council for the second time delayed a decision on whether designate the Lincoln Hotel in downtown Urbana a historic landmark, this time until December.

Within the past month, the bank has lowered the asking price for the hotel from $1.1 million to $895,000, said Dan Lanterman, an attorney for the bank.

Delaying a decision until Dec. 13 will give the bank more time to court would-be buyers, Lanterman said.
 

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Urbana may commit 15 million to lincoln hotel renovation

http://www.news-gazette.com/news/bu...-million-toward-lincoln-hotel-renovation.html

OOPS sorry 1.5 million,
15 would be ridiculous....

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The owners of the historic Lincoln Hotel seem to be moving toward an agreement with a potential buyer, and the city has proposed committing nearly $1.5 million in special funds over five years toward the hotel's renovation.

A draft agreement disclosed Thursday between the city and the potential buyer, Xiao Jin Yuan, details how that money would be disbursed and would commit Yuan to a "complete renovation of the 128-room hotel and conference center to allow for modern hotel amenities while honoring the historic character of the property."


Yuan owns a Hampton Inn in Crescent City, Calif., according to a city memo. He has told city officials he will retain ownership of that California hotel but plans to relocate his family to oversee the renovation and operation of the Lincoln Hotel.
 

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New Mascot? The Chief Performs Again?

Group seeks new UI mascot, will rally against Chief

Fri, 10/22/2010 - 10:51am | Julie Wurth
CHAMPAIGN — A student group is calling on the University of Illinois to speed up the process of choosing a new mascot to put the Chief Illiniwek debate to rest.

Student for a United Campus said it would rally outside the Swanlund Administration Building at noon today to pressure administrators to find a replacement for the retired UI symbol and to stop a pro-Chief group from staging a re-enactment this weekend.

The group said it wants to hold the administration accountable for not "properly" retiring the Chief and therefore enhancing an "atmosphere of racial tension and division" on campus.

The group also plans to rally outside the annual "Next Dance" event Saturday evening at the Assembly Hall, where Students for Chief Illiniwek will again re-enact the Chief’s dance at 6 p.m. The Chief was retired as the UI’s symbol in 2007.

http://www.news-gazette.com/news/un...s-new-ui-mascot-will-rally-against-chief.html
 

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Big Broadband Project update

Big Broadband project, a fiber-optic broadband Internet project entailing a $22.5 million grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

So far, the environmental assessment, which is required of all federally-funded projects, is complete with no finding of significant impact.

Currently, engineering firm selection is in progress for a group to review the backbone design and to design backbone rings and fiber to the curb. Smeltzer said he aims for approval by Nov. 18 by the University Board of Trustees.

Construction will be bid in three packages: Urbana, Champaign and the University area.

Because this project is one of the few “Fiber to the Premise” projects funded by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, making it somewhat of a test case, it is receiving extra attention from the federal government and also from industry groups.

http://www.dailyillini.com/news/cha...incoln-hotel-property-in-urbana-may-be-bought
 

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One thing that is missing from champaign-urbana,
there is no Google Maps streetview.
Very Odd, Ive seen much more obscure
towns with google maps streetview,
one would think such a hotbed of techy stuff
would have a streetview set up.
Would be a good project to hire someone to do.
Or is that volunteer work?
 

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I believe Google funds the streetview picture gathering process. Google is constantly updating new locations, and I can't imagine this major college town full of young potential customers can be too far behind.
 

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Mumford House (no known use) mothballed and stablized.

http://www.dailyillini.com/news/cha...istoric-mumford-house-undergoes-stabilization


“We’re keeping the house to its period of significance, which the National Register says was 1870-1880,” Skvarla said. “So if we were to keep the house to that period, the natural things to do were to remove the very inappropriate west addition and to remove the south addition.”

“It’s not really a renovation, it’s a stabilization,” Skvarla said. “We are weatherproofing, weatherizing the remaining portion of the house that’s there to prevent future deterioration of it. We intend to mothball it, in a sense, for later on when there would be a large fundraising effort to do the major restoration work.”

For purists in historic preservation, it is the oldest extant building on our campus, having been built in 1870 by a University carpenter,” Skvarla said.

“There is no known use for that house,”

 
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