By Tim Kowols
A member of the Sister Bay Plan Commission understands the public outcry regarding initial rednerings of a planned 40-unit hotel on the former Braun property, but says it is permissible under ordinance and code and believes it will blend in with the village’s downtown district. With a hotel on the village’s wish list for the site for several years, the initial plans were introduced to the Sister Bay Plan Commission by developer Chris Schmeltz of Jaco Management during its meeting last week. The four-story structure would have retail on the bottom floor and an additional retail building in front of it, part of the reason why committee member MaryKay Shumway voted in favor of the proposal moving forward. As more details come out, Shumway hopes more residents will understand the direction and the scope the proposed hotel will take.
Schmeltz and Jaco Management have several more meetings ahead of them before the village signs a development agreement with the developer. Shumway says she is meeting with residents taking issue with the project, including one couple interested in starting a GoFundMe page to buy the land and keep it as green space.