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Highland Green Opens in Urbana

Highland Green, located at 401 and 403 East Kerr Avenue, will host a grand opening celebration on Monday, December 11th at 12 p.m. A project of Brinshore Development, LLC, of Northbrook, Illinois, in partnership with the Homestead Corporation of Champaign-Urbana and the Housing Authority of Champaign County, Highland Green consists of 33 newly constructed sustainable and affordable residential rental units. The development includes a mix of single-family and duplex units built on land donated by the City of Urbana. Nine of the units are set aside for income-qualifying veterans and their families.

Although work on Highland Green began in November 2016, the project has been many years in the making, starting with the purchase of the 3.1-acre site on Kerr Avenue during 2003-2004. Developing the site was part of the 2005 Mayor and City Council Goals and the 2008 Master Plan Report. In 2011, the City issued a Request for Proposals in search of a developer for the site and ultimately selected the submission from Brinshore Development, LLC and their partners.

Roadway Improvements Now Complete Along North Lincoln Avenue

City officials welcome economic development along the enhanced Lincoln Avenue Corridor Ribbon Cutting Collage

The City of Urbana recently opened North Lincoln Avenue to motorists after a nearly nine-month construction project. The newly completed road increases accessibility to bicyclists thanks to the inclusion of wide smoothly paved shoulders, provides connectivity between the I-74 and I-57 corridors, and serves businesses and residents in the area through linkage to Olympian Drive via a new overpass over the Illinois Central railroad.

2017 Market IN the Square Kicks off November 11th

December 30, 2017 - 5:00pm

The Urbana Business Association's Market IN the Square will start kick-off its eight-week season this Saturday, November 11th at Lincoln Square in Downtown Urbana. The Market runs from now through the Christmas Holiday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday. The market offers farm-fresh produce, honey, flowers, arts and crafts, and more. Support local growers, makers, and businesses this holiday season. For more information visit the UBA website or Facebook page.

Market in the Square Flyer

Building Safety Division Launches Online Program for Housing Inspections & Rental Registration

The City of Urbana recently launched a new online system for managing building permits, code enforcement, and other request tracking. Using a cloud-based program called Citizenserve, many of the City’s Building Safety-related applications, requests for payment, and customer request forms, are now available online. In addition, Citizenserve will now provide the capability to accept both tenant and neighborhood complaints online.

Within the next few days, Urbana rental property owners will receive their annual registration notice and form in the mail. The mailing will also include instructions for accessing the City’s Rental Registration portal and instructions for registering online here.

3rd Annual Urbana Arts Expo

November 19, 2017 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

Urbana Arts Expo Logo 2017

The Urbana Art Expo is a one-day juried fine art exhibition and sale, presented by the Urbana Public Arts Program in collaboration with 40 North.

The event is free and open to the public, so come out, invite your friends, and show your support for local art!

  • What: Urbana Art Expo Urbana
  • Where: Civic Center 108 E. Water Street Urbana, IL 61801
  • When: Sunday, November 19th from 10am-5pm