That includes diversifying as well as adding to available housing stock in the county, fostering more development of new homes and the redevelopment of old ones as well as preexisting buildings that can be converted to apartments and lofts.
One of the tasks of the housing consortium could be to look at existing zoning and rules in the county and what can be done to make them more conducive to current housing needs, said Marcia Bailey, the director of the Champaign Economic Partnership. That includes also focusing on multi-family housing options, instead of just on single family homes.
“We want development to occur where there is available or nearby infrastructure. We are an agricultural community and we want to be able to preserve agricultural land as well,” Bailey previously told the News-Sun.
A point she said they will continue to focus on.
Efforts to boost the local housing market were temporarily put on hold due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, Bailey said they are looking to hold conversations next month and hope to have the housing consortium up and running in the near future.
This follows a series of discussions held in the beginning of the year that went over some of the findings of the comprehensive housing study, which was conducted by the Greater Ohio Policy Center.
That organization, according to its website, “is focused on improving the communities of Ohio through growth strategies and research.
Bailey said that she wanted to continue having those conversations as housing is an issue that will not soon go away. She said that having available housing stock and looking at ways to grow the population is key to economic development in the county.
The News-Sun previously reported that lower housing stock, coupled with high demand has led to a continued stable market in the area even during the pandemic.
The study commissioned by the Champaign Economic Partnership looked at common housing challenges in the city of Urbana as well as the villages of Mechanicsburg, North Lewisburg and St. Paris. It also compared municipalities in the county to others in the state that are tackling similar problems such as having aging housing stock, a fair amount of blighted properties and limited land for new housing developments.
In Champaign County, it was noted that 75% of homes there were built before 1990, according to the Greater Ohio Policy Center.
Additionally, there has been a total of 324 permits filed in the county since 2010 for the construction of single family homes.
It was also found that about 80% of new home construction since 2010 has occurred outside municipal boundaries in the county.
“It can be within a township or another unincorporated territory,” said Maria Walliser-Wejebe, a research associate with the policy center, earlier this year.
The study cost about $40,000 and came from funds set aside by the Champaign County Commissioners that are to be used for economic development. In addition, the analysis offered a total of 22 recommendations that followed six main themes.
The recommendations fell into the categories of prioritizing down towns and main streets, ensuring that local governments are strong partners to development, protecting existing housing stock and preventing it from declining, having creative financing and funding strategies and maintaining affordability.
When discussing the changes, Gilbert noted that “The company has experienced significant expansion over the last several years. Providing global oversight to these critical areas of our business ensures that customers receive the highest level of quality and service around the world.”
William Bundy has been promoted to President, Global Manufacturing. His responsibilities include management of all Bundy Baking Solutions pan and equipment manufacturing operations and leadership teams. William has been with company for over 10 years and most recently served as leader of European operations.
Robert Bundy has been promoted to President, Global Coating Operations. He is responsible for the management of all Bundy Baking Solutions pan refurbishment and coating facilities and their leadership teams. Robert has over 15 years of service with the company serving in various management positions for the pan coating businesses.
Jason Tingley has been promoted to Global Innovation Officer. Jason has been with the company for over 30 years and served as Vice President of American Pan for the last 10 years. In his new role, Jason will lead multinational teams focused on new product development and process improvements.
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While Ohio is easing up on restrictions and implementing a staggered approach to re-opening industries and businesses, it remains necessary to take diligent efforts to prevent the continued spread of COVID-19. To protect our staff and the general public, Champaign County Department of Job and Family Services (CCDJFS) closed its’ OhioMeansJob (OMJ) Center and CCDJFS lobby in March of 2020. Although both locations have been closed for in-person/walk in service, all programs have continued to function and provide necessary assistance to those in need. Our offices have remained staffed Monday-Friday from 8:00am-4:30pm and staff have been accessible, remotely, during regular business hours. Information on how to access our services remotely, can be found on our website at http://www.champaigndjfs.org/.
Although the “Stay at Home” order expired on May 1, 2020, Ohioans are still ordered to stay at home, unless it is to engage in activities permitted and outlined in the “Stay Safe Ohio” order.
To follow the Governor’s lead, the following staggered approach to re-opening OMJ and CCDJFS lobby will occur, while implementing necessary precautions to protect the health and safety of our employees and customers.
Phase One (May 11th-May 31, 2020):
Phase Two (June 1st, 2020):
We thank you for your continued understanding, support and patience as we work together as a community to provide necessary services in the safest and healthiest manner possible.
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Questions about occupancy for your business based on the new protocols? Please call Dana Booghier, Champaign County Building Regulations at (937) 484-1602. He is available to assist.
This service is free of charge thanks to the commissioners using the economic development funds available through Champaign County. Please plan ahead and call Dana at the number above to discuss if you need a new occupancy certification and if so to schedule a time at your facility.
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Governor DeWine is moving forward with the reopening of businesses to help Ohioans get back to work while keeping everyone safe. This will be a gradual process. Here is what we know so far:
A Stay at Home Order will continue, and there is a new protocol which must be followed by all businesses upon reopening.
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