The Sturgeon Bay Board of Public Works will send a recommendation to the city council calling for negotiations between the city & the Kreuger family over the acquisition of right of way that could lead to the extension of North 12th Avenue to Bonnie View Drive. The action came after a presentation by Alderman Bob Schlicht who said comprehensive plans going back to 1969 emphasized the need for a collector system that could move traffic through the area quickly & efficiently. Schilcht pointed out that, for the first time in a long time, the possibility existed to acquire a piece of property to make that happen. However, Schlicht also warned that not being proactive could lead to the land being sold to someone else, ending any chance of making the connection. Mayor Thad Birmingham disagreed, saying acquisition of the land would undoubtedly lead to the city paying to put in the street, something that has been left to developers for the past 20 years. Birmingham said he was concerned about the total cost of the street in relation to any possible development in the area. After the vote, Schlicht said it was time to play a role in developing that part of the city…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/N1618.mp3|titles=Alderman Bob Schlicht]
Schlicht said the action Tuesday evening was only the first step in the process…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/N1619.mp3|titles=Alderman Bob Schlicht]
Many believe that the property near Egg Harbor Road is ripe for both commercial & residential development.