The Sturgeon Bay City Council has given its approval to a site plan that would re-work the area used by the U.S. Coast Guard at Sawyer Park, including the construction of a 2,400 square foot building near the Oregon Street Bridge.
Community Development Director Marty Olejniczak says it's important to the city that the building -- which is expected to house maintenance activities for the Coast Guard's navigational aids -- conforms to some key conditions.
Olejniczak says the next step would be for a formal lease to be agreed on between the city and the Coast Guard and for the Coast Guard to create formal design plans for the facility.
"They were reluctant to spend money on that until they knew that the city at least agreed on the subject area," says Olejniczak.
The entire site -- which would include mooring space for the Cutter Mobile Bay -- would be surrounded by an aluminum industrial fence. The Coast Guard would continue to use a portion of the southernmost Sawyer Park parking lot for winter buoy storage.
Plans call for the existing buildings and property in the Coast Guard's storage yard on the northwest side of the bridge to be removed after the new facility is completed.
But Olejniczak says that may be a while.
"People say government moves slowly and it seems like the higher up the chain you go the more slowly it moves," says Olejniczak. "So this being a federal government facility, a military facility, I would imagine we're not going to see something built anytime soon."
Olejniczak says the property lines and building location were chosen not only for practical and aesthetic reasons, but also to avoid interfering with plans for a future walkway which will extend under the Oregon Street Bridge and through Sawyer Park. Olejniczak says the walkway could be constructed sometime next year.