By Tim Kowols
Two new housing developments in Sturgeon Bay would help ease the city’s housing concerns but could also have a negative effect on property owners already in the area. The city plan commission approved two separate development agreements with Lexington Homes and SC Swiderski LLC to locate 56 apartments and 14 townhome-style buildings on Grant Avenue. Along with being sent public hearing notices with the wrong time printed, property owner Patrick Markham is frustrated because he believes his land could be negatively affected by poor storm water drainage plans for the developments.
City Engineer Chad Shefchik says after reviewing the methodology, site layouts, and grades from the architects, he believes the necessary precautions have been made.
Shefchik says the storm water drainage design must show that the water leaving the site is equal to or less than what it would be if the development did not exist and allow for retention ponds to drain over a long period of time. The Sturgeon Bay City Plan Commission also approved a Planned Unit Development agreement for the Door County Maritime Museum’s tower project. All three developments will need to get final approval from the Sturgeon Bay Common Council at an upcoming meeting.