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Council Backs Annexation for Fleet Farm Site

Efforts to locate a new Fleet Farm store on Sturgeon Bay’s west side continue to move forward.

The Sturgeon Bay Common Council approved a petition from Mark and Cindy Kerscher to annex to the city approximately 40 acres of property that they own across from the Salty Seagull miniature golf course along Highway 42/57 in the Town of Nasewaupee.

The Kerschers want to annex the property and sell the land to Fleet Farm, which is interested in building a store on that site and connecting to the city’s sewer and water service.

The city’s Plan Commission and Finance/Purchasing and Building Committee both recommended approval of the annexation petition.

The council also conducted the first reading of an ordinance to annex the property and apply a temporary zoning classification to it of General Commercial (C-1).

Community development director Marty Olejniczak said temporary zoning is being applied in accordance with state law because the land cannot be permanently zoned until it is officially annexed to the city by going through the normal procedures, including a public hearing.

Mayor David Ward said the ordinance’s second reading for final action will take place during the council’s Nov. 15 meeting.

Fleet Farm’s project plans in Sturgeon Bay call for building a 91,000-square-foot store with a 55,000- to 60,000-square-foot outdoor center.

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