You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.


Welcome to

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Building sale to save county money

Champaign developmental disabilities group will move about 50 employees.

The Champaign County Department of Developmental Disabilities is moving forward with plans to sell one of its two facilities, saving thousands of dollars annually for the agency.

The Champaign County commissioners recently approved a resolution allowing the Champaign County DoDD to advertise the sale of the Lawnview Industries Inc. facility at 1250 U.S. 36, said Laura Zureich, director of the agency. Bids will be accepted for the site until Oct. 1, the day the bids will be reviewed.

The building at U.S. 36 is one of two used by the agency, along with the Lawnview Child and Family Center on U.S. 68. However, in part to reduce expenses, the DoDD is planning to move all of its services into the family and child center on U.S. 68, Zureich said.

The sale of the facility at U.S. 36 will save the agency as much as $180,000 annually in utilities and building maintenance, Zureich said, and in the long term will help prevent the agency from asking for more revenue from voters.

The agency also shares services and some administrative staff with Shelby County in order to reduce costs.

“We do everything we can so we can reduce costs without affecting our service structure,” Zureich said.

The facility on U.S. 36 is primarily used for office space for staff as well as case management and services for adults with developmental disabilities. But Zureich said there is enough space at its other facility to house those services as well. Doing so would involve moving about 50 employees.

Any revenue generated by the sale of the building will likely be used for needed renovations. Zureich said it’s not yet clear how much the sale would generate.

“We have had quite a bit of interest in the building expressed,” Zureich said. “We’ll just have to wait to see what happens.”

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Community News

Jessica Alba's Honest Co. recalls organic baby powder over infection risk
Jessica Alba's Honest Co. recalls organic baby powder over infection risk

"We've decided to voluntarily recall this product out of an abundance of caution," Gavigan said last week in a YouTube video.
Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka, WWE Hall of Famer, dead at 73
Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka, WWE Hall of Famer, dead at 73

WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka has died at age 73, his family said Sunday. a href="https://www.
Simplicity is attractive, but not always realistic

S. A. Joyce is one of our regular community contributors. I enjoy reader responses. Praise is gratifying, but criticism is often more valuable, as a doorway to discussion and insight. Case in point, David R. Lecklider’s Dec. 10 letter: “There are ultimately two ways to value goods and services, either the price system or the dictates of...
Selling off wax presidents

We’ve been talking a lot about history lately, and this piece in the Times caught my eye last week — a story about how a presidential wax museum in Gettysburg, Pa., is shutting down after 60 years and selling off all its figures. I’ve been to Gettysburg often, and I remember a childhood stop at the Hall of Presidents and First Ladies...
Learning aggression?

From Pacific Standard: “Superheroes dominate American pop culture at the moment, which would seem to be a good thing. Superman, Wonder Woman, and most of their peers fight injustice and help those in need. One would think their young fans would learn to emulate their admirable behaviors. Unfortunately, one would be wrong. That’s the conclusion...
More Stories