By Tim Kowols
The exploratory committee behind a new performing arts facility on Sturgeon Bay’s west waterfront hopes members of the city’s common council review their plans before a possible vote on demolishing the granary. Using a refurbished granary as a unique feature of the development, the Center for the Fine Arts would include expanded spaces for the Third Avenue Playhouse and the Miller Art Museum, event space, and a brew pub. Committee Vice President Alan Kopischke admits the proposal is not ready for formal consideration by the council, but hopes the plan meets the criteria of an August resolution to have a plan in writing before a vote to demolish the granary takes place, even with several questions yet to answer.
Kopischke says it is unknown if the group will be able to formally present their plans to the common council at their next meeting, but emails obtained by DoorCountyDailyNews.com show city administrator Josh VanLieshout forwarding the concepts to members of the council and Waterfront Redevelopment Authority for consideration Thursday afternoon.