News Bulletin: Dörr Hotel Moves Forward; More


The Dörr Hotel is moving forward. On Oct. 29, the Village of Sister Bay’s Plan Commission will review final amendments to a development agreement with Chris Schmeltz to build a hotel on the former Walkway Shops property in downtown Sister Bay. 

The Dörr Hotel will include 44 lodging units and two retail units if the changes are approved. Schmeltz asked the village to approve changing an enclosed rooftop deck to lodging units, which will not alter the height or facade of the building.

The village will enter into a separate development agreement for two other parcels along Bay Shore Drive in front of the hotel that Schmeltz has slated for retail development.

The Plan Commission will also address parking issues related to the hotel development at the Oct. 29 meeting. With parking in the village in short supply, neighboring businesses and residents fear that adding a 44-unit hotel will overwhelm parking capacity in the heart of the village.

The 44 units essentially replace the lodging the village lost when it purchased Helm’s Four Seasons on the waterfront in 2007 to expand the public beach. 

Southern Door School will host a Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11, 9:30 am, in the Eagle Gym. The public is invited to honor veterans from all branches of service. Students from the Southern Door Student Council, Concert Band and Concert Choir will provide readings and music and will host the veterans, and all middle school and high school students will attend the ceremony. Veterans and their spouses are invited to a lunch following the ceremony. 


Construction season continued as crews scrambled to squeeze in projects between the busy Pumpkin Patch and Fall Festival weekends. Crews closed a portion of Highway 57 Monday through Wednesday south of Jacksonport to replace a culvert. 

Traffic between Fish Creek and Sister Bay was slowed as crews continued resurfacing projects on Highway 42 as part of a multi-year project to reconstruct and resurface the road from Fish Creek’s south entrance to Country Walk Drive in Sister Bay. 

Beginning next week, crews will enforce a hard closure on the southbound lane of Highway 42 at the turn by the Door Community Auditorium. Traffic will be detoured to County F, County A, County E, then back to Highway 42 south of Fish Creek during the week before the highway is reopened for the Fall 50 on Oct. 26. 

Registration for the Door County Half Marathon passed the 350-runner mark. The annual race in Peninsula State Park opened its registration Oct. 1. The event is capped at 2,000 half-marathon runners and 800 Nicolet Bay 5K runners. Register at