All City offices closed to observe the holiday.
Natalie KennyMarquez and Sterling Bollman hit the road for the latest edition of It's All About U, a talk show highlighting businesses, services and upcoming events in Urbana. They visited Riggs Beer Company and chatted with the Urbana Business Association about the 41st Annual Sweetcorn Festival. Natalie also demonstrated how easy it is to donate blood at Community Blood Services of Illinois. Sterling and Natalie ended this month's show dressed to the nines courtesy of Michelle's Bridal & Tuxedo.
It's All About U broadcasts every Monday evening at 6:00PM on Urbana Public Television. UPTV is available to watch locally on Comcast channel 6, AT&T U-Verse channel 99, iTV-3 channel 6 and streams worldwide online.
Another Urbana developer is adding incentives to the Think Urbana program for people who build new homes in Urbana.
The Atkins Group, developer of the luxury Stone Creek subdivision and championship golf course, has substantially reduced lot prices in an area of the Stone Creek known as the Enclave, cutting prices from from $45,000-$55,000 to just $30,000 on 41 different lots. The sale runs through Aug. 31.
“It’s our contribution to the Think Urbana program,” said Mike Martin, a vice president at The Atkins Group. “The city and local governments are making a big commitment and our thinking is we’re willing to contribute as well.”
The Enclave is located near the north entrance to Stone Creek off of Illinois 130, in southeast Urbana.
Anyone who buys a lot in Stone Creek and builds a new home there is eligible for Think Urbana property tax abatements.
Urbana has been named a Green Power Community by the U.S. EPA for its ongoing use of green power through the city’s municipal electric aggregation program.
Green power is zero-emissions electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, eligible biomass, and low-impact hydro. Using green power helps build demand for the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide and helps users reduce their carbon footprints.
Urbana developer Ivan Richardson is sweetening the pot when it comes to property tax savings offered through Think Urbana.
Richardson, the owner of the upscale Beringer Commons subdivision in northeast Urbana, is promising that residents who build a new home in Beringer Commons won’t have to pay any property taxes on their home for the first three years they own it. Additionally, residents would also receive a 40 percent tax abatement the fourth year of home ownership and 20 percent the fifth year under the city’s “Think Urbana” program (find out more at http://www.urbanaillinois.us/thinkurbana)
Richardson, 72, is an Urbana native and one of the city’s biggest promoters. He said he’s a huge fan of Think Urbana, which is offered through the joint Urbana/Champaign County Enterprise Zone.