Current and Proposed Development Projects

602 South Lincoln Avenue




CCH Development, LLC and Mode 3 Architecture have applied for a residential Planned Unit Development at the southeast corner of Lincoln Avenue and California Avenue. 

A Planned Unit Development is a large, integrated development adhering to a detailed site plan. The purpose of a Planned Unit Development is to encourage development that goes beyond the minimum zoning and development standards in terms of design, public amenities, innovative "green" construction, and implementation of the Comprehensive Plan and other official development plans and policies. In exchange for public amenities, developers are granted flexibility in applying the typical zoning and development regulations. 

The 602 South Lincoln project would include a mix of 70 one-bedroom and studio apartments. The applicants have requested a waiver to increase the floor-area ratio from 0.50 to 0.90. No other waivers are requested. The proposed buildings would be 2 1/2 to 3 stories tall, and would have 23-foot front yards. All parking would be on the interior of the site, behind the buildings. The architect plans to use a variety of building materials, including some sustainably-sourced materials. In addition to hearings at the Plan Commission and City Council for the Planned Unit Development, the project is located in the Lincoln/Busey Design Corridor and will be reviewed by the Design Review Board.

The Planned Unit Development case will go to Plan Commission on November 5, 2020 at 7:00pm. More information about the Plan Commission meeting is available here:

Please contact Kat Trotter at or at (217) 384-2444 for the most current information, or for any questions.

Update 10/30/2020 - The staff report, including updated site plans and renderings, is now available here:










Rezoning at Coler Avenue and High Street

Coler Avenue and High Street Rezoning Map with Zoning Districts 

James and Spencer Dobrovolny would like to rezone five properties: 702, 704, 706 and 708 West High Street and 309 South Coler Avenue. The applicants would like to rezone the properties to allow for higher-density residential development close to the University of Illinois campus, though the applicants do not have specific plans for redeveloping the properties. They are currently zoned R-3, Single and Two-Family Residential, and would be rezoned to R-5, Medium High Density Multiple-Family Residential.

The 2005 Urbana Comprehensive Plan identifies the area as “Residential”, described as “…areas contain[ing] primarily single-family residential housing but may also include a variety of compatible land uses such as duplexes, town homes, civic uses, institutional uses, and parks where zoning is appropriate.” The Comprehensive Plan also identifies strategies for the West Urbana Neighborhood, including “Promote single-family residential uses in areas zoned for single-family,” and “Preserve existing zoning protections.”

Based on the future land use designations of the Comprehensive Plan and on a preliminary analysis of the rezoning criteria, the City’s Planning Division staff do not support this application.

The rezoning case will go to Plan Commission on November 5, 2020 at 7:00pm. More information about the Plan Commission meeting will be posted here on or before Friday, October 30th:

Please contact Kat Trotter at or at (217) 384-2444 for the most current information, or for any questions.



Image of Gather project looking southeast from the corner of University and Lincoln Avenues

With construction slated to begin this winter at the southeast corner of Lincoln and University avenues, the Gather project will include 202 apartments, 30 extended-stay rooms, and 17,500 square feet of lobby, retail and outdoor public areas. Check back periodically for updates as the project moves forward.

Update: July 21, 2020 - Construction Progress

Construction of the extended-stay hotel and attached residences has been proceeding for several weeks, with work on the fourth floor starting today. Foundations for the buildings on the south side of Clark Street have also begun to be laid. Pictures coming soon!


Update: January 13, 2020 - Traffic Plan

There will be a large amount of truck traffic throughout 2020 for the Gather project. For the majority of the construction period, West Clark Street will be closed from North Lincoln Avenue to North Busey Avenue. The closure will encompass the entire Gather Project site and prevent unauthorized entry. This will create a safer work environment and will create an on-site parking area so contractors do not need to park in the surrounding neighborhood.

Urbana has laid out specific truck routes to minimize traffic on the streets around the project. All incoming truck traffic will enter from North Busey Avenue off of West University Avenue. The only traffic allowed to enter the site from Lincoln Avenue must come from the south, and then must head east on University Avenue to Busey Avenue to get to the site. During construction, there are roadway construction projects planned for University Avenue, Green Street, and, potentially, for Lincoln Avenue and Springfield Avenue. For this reason, the Gather site is being kept as compact as possible, and the City will strictly enforce the traffic plan. We encourage people to exercise caution near the Gather site and near all construction areas.

The City of Urbana thanks you in advance for your patience and cooperation during this project. Questions or concerns may be directed to Mr. Adam Shaw, Engineering Technician for the City of Urbana, at (217) 384-2385 or

Gather traffic plan 


Update: January 21, 2020 - Demolition Underway

Demolition on the northern part of the site began last week. The commercial buildings have almost all been demolished.

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- Last Modified -November 2, 2020 - 3:22pm
- Author - TeriA