By Tim Kowols
The Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront wants to know why a section of land near Madison Avenue is not being considered in the drawing of the maps for the Premiere Economic Development District. According to concept drawings from architectural firm Vandewalle and Associates presented to the Waterfront Redevelopment Authority in April 2014, there are two areas marked for being for future development located near Madison Avenue and Maple Street. One of those sites is similar in location to an alternative plan laid out by the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront that was later rejected by the city. Dan Collins from the Friends group says he wonders why the city strayed from this vision and why the areas of future development were excluded from the PEDD.
Collins says the ordinary high water mark, another contested issue in the Friends group’s lawsuit against the city, must also be considered when drawing the maps for the PEDD. The city and the group will enter mediation at the end of December, less than month before initial hearings on their lawsuit takes place.