By Tim Kowols
The Sturgeon Bay Historical Society is offering to cover up to $75,000 of demolition costs for the granary if a third-party structural engineer declares the building cannot be saved. The announcement came on the eve of the Sturgeon Bay Common Council’s decision on whether to follow through on a raze order issued by Fire Chief Tim Dietman on October 17 or to accept over one million dollars from donors to save it from demolition. Christie Weber from the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society says this offer has both historic preservation and public safety in mind.
The bids being considered by the city for the granary demolition range between $53, 870 and $84,137. Weber says the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society has been in contact with Minneapolis-based structural engineering firm Meyer Borgman Johnson to get an updated opinion on the granary from its original 2013 study. The future of the granary will be one of the subjects discussed during Tuesday’s Sturgeon Bay Common Council meeting beginning at noon.