By Roger Utnehmer
A proposal to build a four-story, thirty-five unit apartment and retail building on the former location of the Harbor Place Shoppes on Madison Avenue in Sturgeon Bay was given unanimous approval by the city Plan Commission Wednesday.
The property is owned by former council member Cap Wulf. The developer is purchasing the property from Wulf but would not say if Wulf would be an investor if the city council gives final approval to the project.
Commission member Laurel Brooks asked if there would be other investors and if the city would be required to sign a development agreement. Doing so would obligate the city to provide financial assistance, something that has been controversial with other developments under consideration in Sturgeon Bay such as the proposed west side hotel.
Court records indicate that Wulf was found guilty of using his position in public office for personal gain and paid a forfeiture of $3,214 in 2005. A felony charge was dismissed.
The Madison Capital Times reported in 2011 that Wulf was fined $10,000 for leveraging information he was privy to as a council member to successfully bid on a heating contract for a $2.5 million development. Wulf told a legislative committee in January of that year he never has sued anyone. State Rep. Gary Hebl said Wulf misled the legislative committee which, according to Hebl, “leads one to believe he is not fully honest and truthful.”
The Sturgeon Bay City Council will now consider final approval and ordinance changes as well as a possible development agreement that would commit city tax dollars to the project.