City’s West Waterfront Redevelopment Design Drafted

Sturgeon Bay released a draft of a brochure encouraging potential developers to build in the city’s west waterfront area.

The brochure outlines four development projects: an indoor market where local producers can show off their goods, a housing development, a boutique lodging business, and a pub or restaurant.

Shipwrecked Brew Pub & Restaurant, currently in Egg Harbor, has voiced interest in developing the pub and restaurant space. Other developers have shown interest too, according to community development director Marty Olejniczak, but none have signed up.

“It seems promising that we’ll get someone to do the four seasons market building and other developments, but we do not have a development contract yet,” he said.

The west waterfront redevelopment design plan was funded by grants. It includes plans for private development such as the restaurant, lodging, market and housing development, and public development through a commercial pier and waterfront walkway.

Going through with the public development depends on the amount of private development that actually happens, since that private development will generate the taxes to pay for public improvements.

“The designed work will be built assuming the rest of the development happens,” Olejniczak said. “If it doesn’t happen we’re going to scale it down.”

What happens to the old granary in the west waterfront area is still unknown, and depends on the developer’s vision.

“There are a lot of people, including myself, who think it’s pretty cool and… hearkens back to the day when it was the big building on the waterfront,” Olejniczak said. “It’d be nice if we could hold on to it, but ultimately it has to make some financial sense.”

The city is hosting an open house and community meeting on Oct. 2 from 5:30 to 7 pm at the Sawyer Park Pavilion, where the public can see the design draft, ask questions about the plan and give feedback.

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