By Roger Utnehmer
Sturgeon Bay’s westside Waterfront granary may be moving across the channel. The city council voted Tuesday to allow the soon-to-be-dismantled structure to be stored for up to one year on property near First Avenue and Oregon Street owned by Shipyard Development LLC. Council approval was required to permit temporary storage for up to one year. The Sturgeon Bay Historical Society has reached an agreement with the firm dismantling the granary and Peter Moede, a partner with Shipyard Development LLC, that could result in the granary being re-constructed across from its current location to the east side of the channel.
A 64-unit multi-family housing plan for Egg Harbor Road was also approved by the Sturgeon Bay city council Tuesday.
The proposal prompted discussion about who should pay for paths and sidewalks with Mayor Thad Birmingham and Council Member Kelly Catarozoli agreeing it should be developers.
City Attorney Randall Nesbitt informed council members the recently-released Department of Natural Resources ruling establishing an ordinary high watermark for the west-side waterfront may be appealed by Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront. The council voted in closed session to prepare for the appeal in such a manner that if the Friends group does not, neither will the city.
Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront won a lawsuit filed against the city with the result of limiting where commercial development can take place on the west side waterfront. At issue is the location of the line, called the Ordinary High Water Mark, between property that must be held in public trust and where commercial development can take place.