By Tim Kowols
Northern Door County communities are continuing to struggle with the idea of developing workforce housing in the area. In recent weeks, Donn Dresselhuys has pitched several communities with the idea of building a series of two-bedroom houses to be managed for the sole purpose of workforce housing. Last year, the village of Egg Harbor was discussing building a dormitory-style building, but talks on that project broke down. Egg Harbor Village Administrator Ryan Heise says he knows many northern Door communities are struggling with workforce housing to keep pace with its growth, which is why neighboring municipalities and the Door County Economic Development Corporation are looking into its feasibility.
Further dampening the plans for developing workforce housing are recent developments from the Trump Administration, which could eliminate or severely reduce the J-1 Student Visa program which has contributed close to 400 employees to the area this year.