Agreement Approved for Duluth Avenue Sidewalk Extension

An agreement between the City of Sturgeon Bay, County of Door and 911 Green Bay Road Partners for installing sidewalk along South Duluth Avenue (County S) was approved last week by the Sturgeon Bay Common Council as part of its consent agenda.

The property known as Woldt’s Corner Pub at the southwest corner of Highway 42-57 and Duluth Avenue is being redeveloped this year by 911 Green Bay Road Partners into a three-unit commercial building with a drive-through.

With the city and the county highway department now working on a proposal to extend sidewalks along Duluth Avenue to the south across the highway, community development director Marty Olejniczak said it makes sense for 911 Green Bay Road Partners to install a sidewalk as part of that redevelopment process.

The agreement includes 911 Green Bay Road Partners creating and recording an easement along the east edge of the property to install, use and maintain a public sidewalk.

With that section of sidewalk expected to cost around $17,000, Olejniczak said the city will provide a loan to 911 Green Bay Road Partners equal to the cost, with the loan to be repaid in 12 annual installments at the prime interest rate.

Maintenance, repair or reconstruction of the sidewalk would be at city expense, according to the agreement, and the county and city agreed there will not be any assessments charged to the property for any future extensions of the sidewalk through the Wisconsin Department of Transportation right-of-way to the north or along County S to the south.

The council last month approved entering into a contract with Cedar Corporation to draft a grant application to seek state and federal funding for the sidewalk-extension project, which, if awarded, Olejniczak said likely wouldn’t start until 2024.

The overall project plans call for sidewalk, curb and storm sewer to extend along the west side of South Duluth as far south as the entrance to the Door County Justice Center, but those urbanized improvements wouldn’t extend as far south on the street’s east side, where the city limits end farther north.