If you can wield an axe, you can get your fall and winter firewood for free at the Landscape Recycling Center in Urbana.
Scott Tess, the city’s sustainability and resilience officer, said the nonprofit center has plenty of free bulk and quartered lumber — which you can take and divide yourself.
There is also split wood, although there is a charge for wood that has been split, he said.
If you’re going to come pick up wood, you can pick the ample supply yourself and find the pieces you want. Fresher woods take about a year to season, but some seasoned woods may be available, Tess said.
Wood can be obtained from trees felled by public and private arborists, he said.
Depending on when you visit the Landscape Recycling Center, you might also find some free produce, Tess said, including Darrick Terry, who ran a retail business at the center earlier this week, in the on-site garden. Growing jalapenos and tomatoes.
The center is located at 1210 E. University Ave., U, and is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Other products include compost, mulch, topsoil, urban wood and crushed granite.
pray for home
If you’re on the market for a home or mobile home, here’s a chance to get a potential deal.
The Champaign County Treasurer’s Office will accept sealed bids through September. 23 on 8 real estate parcels (houses or vacant lots) and 73 mobile homes.
According to County Treasurer Cassandra Johnson, the remaining auction is the culmination of unpaid taxes on the property from previous years.
To see what’s for sale – at least from the outside – you can buy a booklet listing the property from the finance office.
Minimum bids are $801 for real estate and $905 for mobile homes. All properties will be sold to each highest bidder. Results will be available approximately 7 days after the last day of bidding.
For more information, visit the Edwardsville firm Joseph E. Meyer & Associates as Champaign County Tax Attorney’s website: ILTaxSale.com.
OSF gains high market
OSF HealthCare announced its 2021 score for Responsible Care Providers under the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: 90.96.
According to OSF, that means a rating, or “A,” for a patient’s positive health outcome, according to metrics from a random sample of nearly 43,000 Medicare patients served by OSF’s Responsible Care organization.
A responsible care organization is a group of health care providers who work together to provide patients with coordinated care.
Gordyville USA is still for sale, and the price has dropped from $4 million to $3.6 million.
According to estate agent Jon Fisher earlier this week, if you hear rumours that Gifford has sold, they are fake.
Last June, Champaign commercial real estate broker Fisher listed the 39.1-acre property.
Recovery Grant Awarded
Champaign-Urbana and Danville will share $3.5 million in state RISE (Recovery, Income, Initiate, Expand) grant funding for cities and economic development organizations to help accelerate economic recovery.
The Greater Champaign-Urbana Economic Partnership, the parent organization of Champaign County Economic Development Corp., received a $150,000 award for regional market analysis of office, retail and industrial spaces.
The City of Danville is getting $75,000 to conduct a renewal study for its downtown area, according to Danville Community Development Administrator Logan Cronk.
Champaign County Economic Development Corporation executive director Carly McCrory-McKay said that, like most communities, Champaign County has experienced job losses and business closures since the beginning of the pandemic, “We are still recognizing the impact of changing economic trends, especially in offices, retail and industrial markets.”
In addition, some planned developments have stalled due to the pandemic and rising costs, she said.
The group envisions that market analysis will help advise local governments, property owners, business brokers and others, a list of ideas solicited by developers and recommendations to support business retention and attraction strategies.
Cronk said Danville’s research was designed to provide a sense of direction for the potential redevelopment of dilapidated vacant buildings and infrastructure such as sidewalks, bike paths, road improvements and signage.
Once the program is complete, the city can use the program to apply for additional grants to help fund planned projects, he said.
“It’s a big grab for the city of Danville,” he said.
The plan will be developed by the city’s newly hired planner, Jun Sohn, and some of the grant may be used to pay for some consulting services, Cronk said.
new pharmacy late
Beginning September 9, the new CarleRx pharmacy will replace the former Walgreens at the Carle Branch Clinic facility at 1701 Curtis Road, District C. 20.
The Carle-owned pharmacy will be open from 8 am to midnight on weekdays and 9 am to midnight on Saturday and Sunday. It will also stock over-the-counter products and have drive-thru.
According to Carle, the new CarleRx will employ six pharmacists and 11 pharmacy technicians.
“At the heart of this decision is the desire to make it easier for area patients and community members to get the prescriptions they need to stay healthy, even when they get sick at inconvenient times,” said Linda Fred, vice president of pharmacy at Carle. “The new CarleRx locations will ensure more choice for the community, which our internal data shows is a real need.”