By Tim Kowols
Wednesday’s raze order of the granary building was a long time coming according to Sturgeon Bay Fire Department Chief Tim Dietman. During a Thursday morning news conference, Dietman cited two separate 2013 engineering studies from Meyer, Borgman, Johnson and Michael J. Till Associates that determined the structural integrity of the building was in question and was a hazardous health risk as well as a public safety concern. The city, which has owned the property since 2012, has done little to no structural maintenance to the building in the years since. Dietman says his decision to have the building razed within the next 30 days is final.
City administrator Josh VanLieshout says he is still looking at what the next step is from the city’s standpoint.
The Sturgeon Bay Common Council voted in August to not obtain demolition bids for the granary until January 1, 2018, allowing other proposals to reuse the building to come in. You can visit DoorCountyDailyNews.com to hear reaction from two groups trying to save the granary.