Economic Development Professionals to Meet With Waterfront Planning Committee

Two economic development professionals will meet with the City of Sturgeon Bay’s Ad Hoc West Side Waterfront Planning Committee Thursday evening at city hall. Gary Becker and Naletta Burr will join the committee for the 6:30PM meeting in the city council chambers at city hall. Becker recently started his own consultant practice after 28 years as owner/partner in a planning and engineering consulting firm. He … Continue reading

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Council Votes to Dissolve Waterfront Redevelopment Authority

The Waterfront Redevelopement Authority, a part of Sturgeon Bay city government for more than three decades, will soon pass into the history books. On a vote of six to one, the city council voted to dissolve the citizen committee. Alderman David Ward, a strong advocate for economic development, voted no. In recent months, the committee had crossed swords with a waterfront friends group over the … Continue reading

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Should Grain Elevator Fate be Decided by Referendum?

Should voters in Sturgeon Bay be able to weigh in on the fate of the old grain elevator as part of a referendum in November? That idea was floated by Mayor Thad Birmingham during Tuesday’s city council meeting. It was quickly shot down by council-members who are heavily invested in the idea of rehabbing the more than 100 year old building. In fact, there are … Continue reading

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Sturgeon Bay Street Department Begins Spreading Dirt Piles

A crew from the Sturgeon Bay Street Department has taken a large chunk out of the dirt piles located on the west side waterfront, adjacent to the Door County Maritime Museum. The street department was directed to spread the piles out on the parcel after the city council voted to take that action during its last meeting. The dirt piles have been the subject of … Continue reading

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Dirt Piles to Be Spread on West Side Waterfront

It looks like the piles of dirt on Sturgeon Bay city property on the west side waterfront will remain there, but in a different configuration. Earlier this week, city staff was told to knock the piles down and smooth out the dirt on the parcel adjacent to the Door County Maritime Museum. In a letter to the city, developer Bob Papke had indicated that the … Continue reading

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Attorney Says Dirt Piles are Owned by Developer

The attorney for the developer of a proposed hotel that was to have been built on Sturgeon Bay’s west side waterfront has informed the city that the piles of dirt on the site are the property of Robert Papke. Green Bay attorney Jonathan Smies, in correspondence sent this week, says Papke and Sawyer Hotel Development owns the dirt piles and any attempt to move the … Continue reading

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City Takes Legal Action to Remove Dirt Piles

The Sturgeon Bay City Council has given the go-ahead to the administration to exercise a legal option with regard to the dirt piles on the west side waterfront near the Door County Maritime Museum. During its meeting Tuesday evening, the council was told that Bayland Buildings had responded to a notice from the city and indicated that it had no interest in the dirt piles. … Continue reading

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DNR Rescinds High Water Mark in Sturgeon Bay

If you thought things were already confusing on Sturgeon Bay’s west side waterfront, think again. The city was under the impression that the Department of Natural Resources had settled on an ordinary high water mark for the waterfront lot referred to as “Parcel 92.” That was the case until Tuesday when the DNR rescinded its pronouncement. What that means no one seems to know. A … Continue reading

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Council Sends Notice to Remove Dirt Piles

In an effort to get some movement on the matter of sand piles on Sturgeon Bay’s west side waterfront, the city council Tuesday voted to send a notice to its possible owners to move the dirt within a defined period. The council learned that attempts to determine who actually owns the dirt have been unsuccessful. It could be developer Bob Papke or it could be … Continue reading

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Next Steps for Grain Elevator Being Planned

Now that the old grain elevator has been moved from its former home on Sturgeon Bay’s west side waterfront to an east side location off 1st Avenue, planning for its future life is the next objective. According to information supplied by the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society, preliminary discussions with developer Peter Moede, managing partner of Shipyard Development, have occurred with the larger goal of developing … Continue reading

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