The owners of the restaurant and adjacent Little Sister Resort have accepted an offer on the restaurant and waterfront parcels of the Little Sister Resort property. The sale is contingent on the buyers getting approval to rezone the parcels from commercial to residential zoning. The prospective buyers, Lance and Bridget Crane, plan to build a private home on the property. The Sister Bay Plan Commission will host a public hearing on the proposed zoning change July 28.
The property is zoned for commercial use and is surrounded by commercial zoning except for residential on the northern property line. Plan Commission Chair Denise Bhirdo said she is hesitant to break the property away from the other parcels, leaving a smaller portion of the Little Sister Resort property still zoned for business.
“These parcels have been an island for a long time,” Bhirdo said, referring to the commercial zoning for Little Sister Resort. The remaining Little Sister Resort property would lose its waterfront amenities. “I don’t feel this is in the best interest of the village or of that remaining resort property to be left as a small island.”
The property that is home to Fred and Fuzzy’s is owned by Little Sister Resort LLP, and the property just north of it is owned by AHL Holdings, controlled by Paul Luber. The restaurant owned by Greg (Fuzzy) and Suzie Sunstrom quickly became a vacation mainstay in Sister Bay when it opened 20 years ago. The owners of the two waterfront parcels paid $36,635 in property taxes in 2019.
The remaining 8.2-acre parcel across the street is also owned by AHL Holdings. That property generates $15,212 in property taxes each year.
Bhirdo noted that Paul Luber wrote a letter to the commission in support of the sale, but the Sunstroms did not. They declined comment after the meeting.
“I would have felt much better if I had heard from Fuzzy and Suzie,” Bhirdo said.
The resort now listed by Kellstrom Ray Agency was put on the market in 2018 for $5.95 million.
In other matters Tuesday, Sister Bay Village Administrator Beau Bernhoft said the village has worked with Bayland Builders, the firm working on the Dörr Hotel, to ensure that all construction vehicles are removed from the parking lot behind CHOP on weekends throughout the remainder of the construction project.