By Tim Kowols
The Sturgeon Bay Common Council approved two ordinances regarding the Door County Maritime Museum’s future plans and a new apartment complex near the corner of Grant Avenue and Sycamore Street, but not without another round of vetting from its members.
During a discussion about the Planned Unit Development agreement for the museum’s Maritime Tower, District 1 council member Kelly Catarozoli asked if a land use lease from the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands be a requirement for the PUD to be granted by the city. Comparing the tower to a dock, Door County Maritime Museum Board of Directors President Bill Harder told the Common Council it would be responsible for the lease agreement if it becomes required as the riparian owner of the property.
A lack of a secondary outlet to the planned apartment complex caused major concern to council members Catarozoli and Laurel Hauser after finding a memorandum stating the city may be in violation of an agreement with the Department of Transportation. It required the city to build a connecting road from the highway to Sawyer Drive after several conditions were reached. Even though the DOT has not enforced the conditions for the agreement for several years, Hauser said she hopes the city would do the right thing.
Before the meeting went into closed session, Hauser read a prepared statement on behalf of the Ad Hoc Settlement Committee’s recommendation to approve the settlement with the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront. The size of the new lot, the potential rising costs of litigation, and moving the forward from the conflict were three of the six reasons Hauser and committee member David Ward gave to approve the settlement, a proposal the Waterfront Redevelopment Authority tabled on Monday.
FULL STATEMENT FROM AD HOC SETTLEMENT COMMITTEE AND SUBSEQUENT DISCUSSION
Below is the memorandum referred to in the meeting and in the above article: