Well for quite some time–seems like forever–the corner of Neil and Church was a burned out building and a hole in the ground. There was speculation of what would go in that spot. News came out two years ago that a Hyatt Place would be built in downtown Champaign and still it was hard to imagine. For those who remember the downtown Champaign malaise 20 years ago–those folks thought it a miracle.
Now we are poised for the opening of the Champaign Hyatt Place and even more change will come to the downtown Champaign scene. Furniture is being unloaded, the swimming pool is done, they are hiring and it is expected to fill for U of I graduation weekend. Here are some pics: