Major Sister Bay Projects Nearing Completion

Much of the development in Sister Bay in recent years has elicited groans from many quarters – people who are weary of new vacation rentals or trading long-loved businesses in the village for condominiums. 

But three projects at the Highway 57 entrance to the village are of a different stripe, including two of the largest projects ever to come to the community: the new Door County Medical Center clinic and the largest affordable-housing project in the area. Sandwiched between them is an expansion at the only day care facility north of Jacksonport. 

Here’s a brief look at what’s coming at each development. 

The new Door County Medical Center building is expected to open in spring of 2023. Photo by Myles Dannhausen Jr.

Door County Medical Center

Visitors to Sister Bay may wonder what’s going into the new building with the weird roofline near the top of the hill at the corner of Canterbury Lane and Highway 57. The $14.5 million, 30,000-square-foot facility will be the new home of Door County Medical Center’s (DCMC) Northern Door clinic.

Caldwell Associates designed the building, and Boldt is constructing it. In addition to rehab and clinician services, the building will house a pharmacy for patients and the general public, plus expanded space for behavioral-health services. The hospital has not yet announced which company will be filling the pharmacy space in the complex. 

Once the building is completed, DCMC will move its existing clinic facilities in Fish Creek into the new space, and it has reached an agreement to sell that space on Highway 42 to the owners of the English Inn, located to the south. 

Northern Door Children’s Center is getting more classroom and storage space. Photo by Myles Dannhausen Jr.

Northern Door Children’s Center

At the corner of Country Walk Drive and Highway 57, work has progressed on an expansion to the Northern Door Children’s Center facility. Director Cindy Trinkner-Peot said the addition on the east and west sides of the building will fulfill storage, classroom and 4-year-old kindergarten needs. 

On the east end of the building, workers are adding two classrooms for kindergarten space. On the west end is an intake area for processing donations, more storage space and a small teacher’s break room. 

The 23-year-old facility has outgrown its classroom and storage spaces, so materials are stacked in hallways and offices. Trinkner-Peot said the plan is for the new spaces to be completed by the end of the year. 

Forty-six affordable housing units are coming to Sister Bay. Photo by Myles Dannhausen Jr. 

Affordable-housing Development to Open in 2023 

Just south of the Children’s Center, workers are putting up walls for the second building in a 46-unit affordable-housing project, and curb has been installed for the extension of Cherrywood Lane to connect it to Highway 57. 

The development by Mosaic Property Ventures is funded in large part by tax credits from the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority. In exchange for the tax credits, the units are subject to rent limits based on the median household income in the area, similar to the Blackstone Harbor Apartments at the corner of Judith Blazer Drive and Country Walk Drive.

The one-story rental units will include one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans with garages, individual entrances and rents between $332 and $800 per month. Marissa Downs, the project lead, said they hope to have apartments ready for rent in the spring of 2023. 

Rentals in developments supported by housing tax credits are subject to income limits to ensure that they address the need for affordable housing for permanent residents and don’t become seasonal or vacation rentals. Downs said nine units will be reserved for people making 30% of Door County’s median income. Eighteen units will be reserved for those making 50-60% of the county’s median income or less, and 18 for those making 80% of the median income. 

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