Champaign's downtown business sales leave some buildings derelict, dirty and forgotten
Abandoned and vacant buildings in downtown Champaign varied widely in quality, a two-semester observation project found.
Many vacant buildings were business locations that closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the fall of 2021 and spring of 2022, two journalism classes observed and photographed buildings in the downtown Champaign area.
Many buildings, such as the former Seedhouse at 502 N Hickory St and 36 E Washington St, were clearly labeled for sale.
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Some areas of downtown have vacant lots in varying conditions. Many are for sale or have planned development, but others have been vacant for years. A few were photographed with clear signage.
A small survey of downtown Urbana was also conducted, which found a few abandoned buildings along an area of two to three blocks.