Ground Broken for New Sturgeon Bay Apartments

Rubble from demolition work on the former Sunset School was visible Sept. 22 when S.C. Swiderski held a groundbreaking ceremony for the four apartment buildings with 26 total units being constructed at the site on Sturgeon Bay’s east side.

The development, to be known as SCS Sunset Estates, includes two two-story, eight-unit buildings with attached garages between Delaware Street and Erie Street, as well as four- and six-unit buildings with attached garages along North 8th Avenue.

Kortni Wolf, S.C. Swiderski’s business development manager, said the company was interested in developing the site in response to a Door County housing analysis that identified a shortage of rental-housing units, particularly in the Sturgeon Bay area.

The 26 apartment homes will have two different building types and six different floor plans, with two- and three-bedroom options available. Each building will open as it’s completed, with the first scheduled in early spring of 2023.

Mayor David Ward called the SCS Sunset Estates groundbreaking “another great day in advancing the need for housing in Sturgeon Bay. So far in 2022, builders have completed 25 units; there are 204 units under construction – I’m counting this one; and based on existing permits and plans before the plan commission, there are 218 units moving forward, so that’s about 450 units,” he said. “That said, we still believe there is a need for more [housing].”

In addition to retirees moving to the area, existing employers are expanding, Ward said, and new firms are coming to Sturgeon Bay, such as Kwik Trip and a proposed new Fleet Farm store moving forward.

SCS Sunset Estates project manager Kurt Rosenthal informed those attending the groundbreaking that they could have a souvenir brick of the former Sunset School being torn down on the site.