Regency Multifamily has announced a grand opening date of September 19th for its new development, The Landings at Legends. The development, located at 4503 Legends Drive, C, consists of two buildings with 214 units and is designed for adults aged 55 and older. The luxury apartment homes include one-bedroom and two-bedroom options and offer amenities such as an indoor pool, steam room, pickleball and tennis courts, a leash-free dog park, underground parking garage, clubhouse, coffee bar, and fitness centers.
Residents of The Landings at Legends also have access to free golf at The Legends golf course.
Urbana Campus Rentals has applied for a special-use permit from the city of Champaign to demolish two vacant houses and a vacant medical office building. The plan is to replace these structures with a three-story mixed-use building on East Springfield Avenue. The building will feature multi-family housing on the second and third floors and office space on the ground floor. The city plan commission has recommended granting the permit, and the city council will vote on it on October 3rd.
Parkland College is hosting two free career-focused workshops for high school students on September 22nd. The workshops will focus on Parkland’s automotive technology, electrical power, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning programs. The workshops will provide hands-on learning opportunities in these fields. Seats for the workshops are limited, and students can sign up online.
Three meat cutters from Champaign’s Texas Roadhouse will be competing in the first round of a meat cutting challenge. The competition is part of the Meat Hero program launched by Texas Roadhouse to recognize their meat cutters. The participants will be judged on quality, yield, and speed as they cut 30-40 pounds of beef. The top scorers will advance to the semi-finals and then compete in a national competition in 2024.
Experience Champaign-Urbana, a local tourism agency, reports that travel and tourism have had a positive impact on the economy in Champaign, Douglas, Moultrie, and Piatt counties. In 2021, travel spending in Champaign County increased by 28 percent, while overall across the region, it increased by 21 percent. This includes spending on accommodations, food and beverages, recreation, transportation, and retail. The increase in travel spending has also led to an increase in local tax revenue.
In Douglas County, travel spending increased by 15.3 percent, Moultrie County saw an increase of 9.5 percent, and Piatt County experienced a 24.2 percent increase. The Danville Area Visitors Bureau also reported a direct economic impact of $129.5 million in the Danville/Vermilion County area in 2022, an increase of 18.4 percent from the previous year. Local tourism in this area contributed $4.3 million in local tax revenue. The bureau’s executive director, Jeanie Cooke, highlighted the significant increases in travel spending following the COVID-19 pandemic.