By Tim Kowols
City of Sturgeon Bay Fire Chief Tim Dietman has issued a Notice of Emergency Action on the former granary building after finding it unhealthy and unsafe for people to enter. The fire department inspected the building earlier this month after receiving a report of a strong odor coming from the building. After further review from Chief Dietman and Door County Sanitarian John Teichtler, it was determined the building contained “respiratory and human health hazardous substances,” most likely due to waste from animals entering the building. Chief Dietman says despite efforts by the city to preserve the structure by installing support cables inside, they found other safety concerns during the inspection.
The city of Sturgeon Bay has installed signage on the building and fenced in the structure to prevent entry until further notice. The granary dates back to 1880s, but was slated for redevelopment in 2015 after the Sturgeon Bay Waterfront Redevelopment Authority chose a bid presented by Smet Construction in Green Bay to turn it into a brewery and restaurant.