Maritime Museum Asks for Extension for Tower Project

Maritime Tower

Proposed Maritime Tower (Click for larger image)

The Door County Maritime Museum is asking for a little more time to raise funds in order to build a 110-foot observation tower at its location on Sturgeon Bay’s West side waterfront. In a letter to the city’s Community Development Director, Marty Olejniczak, Museum Executive Director Rick O’Farrell noted that the current planned unit development related to the “reaching new heights tower project” is scheduled to lapse in April. O’Farrell is asking for a one-year extension in the PUD. He indicated that construction on the project may not begin until 75% of the estimated cost is raised. O’Farrell said fundraising is underway and the hope is that the campaign could reach the 75% level by the end of the year. If that happens, construction of the tower would begin in 2016. The Sturgeon Bay City Council will take up the PUD extension request on Tuesday. Aldermen could grant or reject the extension. If the council rejects the request, the museum would either have to abandon plans for the tower project or go back through the planned unit development process again.

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