Council discusses landmark designation in Urbana

An update will be given at Monday’s regular meeting regarding this new information, such as the conditions of the structure’s interior and exterior, costs, economic feasibility of the repair and also relocation.

While the city staff recommends to the city council that the report be taken into consideration, nothing will be decided just yet. Charlie Smythe, Ward 1, said they anticipate an update will be given at the Dec. 13 Committee of the Whole meeting.

“We need to find a solution that makes everyone happy,” Smythe said.

In addition, a presentation will be given by a staff member on the state of regional, affordable housing as determined by the study task force, which includes Champaign County, Champaign, Urbana, the Housing Authority of Champaign County and the village of Rantoul.

Concern arose following foreclosure of an apartment complex that left many people on the street and which forced social service agencies to struggle with finding homes for them. Another concern is the number of children that don’t have permanent housing in the Urbana community. An estimated 100 children in Champaign County are living in transient, temporary housing, such as living with relatives or moving from place to place, Smythe said. The presentation will address these concerns.

“That’s not a good thing,” Smythe said of the 100 children living in temporary housing, noting the difficulty this causes in such things as receiving an education.

Six other ordinances will be brought to council for approval as well at its regular Monday meeting at 7 p.m.