Bayship Could Expand to Include Palmer Johnson Property

The Sturgeon Bay City Council has set in motion a process that could lead to a decision to vacate or discontinue portions of 1st Avenue and Jefferson Street near Bay Shipbuilding. On a unanimous vote Tuesday, council-members agreed to begin the process that could expand the Fincantieri/Bay Shipbuilding yard. Todd Thayse, Bay Ship’s Vice-President and General Manager, noted that the local industry desired to work in partnership with the city to come up with a positive resolution for the proposal and explained why the road closures were needed…


During his remarks, Thayse noted that since acquiring the shipyard, the Finacantieri Marine Group had invested $30 million in the local yard, had expanded employments levels and had a backlog of work going into 2017. But he cautioned that the expansion could not move forward without the elimination of segments of 1st Avenue and Jefferson Street…


Thayse said the preliminary information provided by the consulting firm indicated that there would be minimal impact on traffic patterns. He said he hoped the matter could be resolved by December 1st.

During consideration of the request to vacate the two city streets, businessman Hans Christian requested that the city take a measured approach to the proposal. While indicating that he wanted to be a good neighbor, Christian also expressed concerns…


Mayor Thad Birmingham said there was plenty of time to consider all aspects of the street vacation request…


The next step in the process will be to serve notice of the proposed street vacation to all abutting property owners at least 30 days prior to the public hearing.

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