That’s your job | Residential complex planned on site of former Champaign nursing home | Entrepreneurs

The land of a former nursing home at 1915 S. Mattis Ave., C, could become the site of a new apartment complex.

The Champaign Department of Building Safety is reviewing a building permit application submitted by Fairlawn Management of Champaign for four apartment buildings at 1915, 1917, 1919 and 1921 S. Mattis Ave.

All would be three-story buildings, two with 19 units and two with 24 units, according to the city.

The nursing home that used to be there was the Rehabilitation Center of Champaign, and before that Helia Healthcare of Champaign.

The former nursing home was bought by Fairlawn Capital Inc. a year ago. based in Champaign for $610,000, according to Champaign County records.

No further information was available from Fairlawn on plans to build the apartments.

Set of open doors

VitalSkin Dermatology of Champaign-Urbana will host an open house focusing on its cosmetic services at its Urbana practice at 1111 W. Kenyon Road from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday.

The open house will feature information on beauty services available with promotions and discounts, and local artists will be on hand to display some of their work. Refreshments will be served.

Among the cosmetic services offered are Juvederm, Botox, microneedling, medical facials, chemical peels, laser resurfacing and premium skin care products, according to Dr. Jeremy Youse, who runs the local practice.

Fun with pineapple

Jackie Sampson wanted to start a festival in her corner of downtown Champaign and wanted to get other businesses involved.

So here’s what she came up with: the first Pineapple Fest at the Esquire Lounge.

Set for Jan. 21 at Esquire, 106 N. Walnut St., C, Pineapple Fest will feature pineapple food and drink specials all day (including pineapple margaritas, mocktails and pineapple beer made by Blind Pig Brewery), themed mugs pineapples to keep for the first 200 customers, locally made pineapple snacks and arts and crafts from local artists, said Sampson, co-owner of Esquire.

The merchant helps

Willow Tree Missions, Monticello, will soon receive its own truck, thanks to Rick Ridings Auto Group, Monticello, and the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois.

Jill Maxey, executive director of Willow Tree Missions, said her organization needs a truck to transport donated goods from one of two thrift stores to the other.

The Community Foundation of East Central Illinois grant was $7,500, and Rick Ridings Auto Group found a good used truck for $15,000 and is donating the difference, Maxey said.

Willow Tree Missions is a non-profit Christian organization dedicated to eliminating domestic violence in Piatt County.

Attention renters

The Champaign County Association of Realtors will host an open-to-the-public seminar on Landlord and Tenant Rights and Responsibilities from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at its headquarters at 305 Burwash Ave., Savoy.

Among the topics the panelists will address is a new state law that includes a new protected class of “sources of income” under the state Human Rights Act, according to association president PJ Trautman.

Registration is required by February 1 online or by calling the Champaign County Association of Realtors office at 217-356-1389.

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