Five members of the Sturgeon Bay city council kept hopes to move the Teweles and Brandeis granary back to its original location alive Tuesday. Mayor Thad Birmingham vetoed a resolution adopted by the council January 22nd that would have moved the granary back and turned ownership over to the city. Tuesday’s action, on a vote of 5 to 2, means the council can proceed with negotiations with The Sturgeon Bay Historical Society. Alders Seth Wiederanders and David Ward voted against overriding the mayor’s veto. The council later went into closed session to review a development agreement with the historical society.
Sturgeon Bay Historical Society president Christie Weber told council members that a construction team that includes two Harvard University architects has been established and will work pro-bono to save the granary.
Private donations of more than $1.25 million have been pledged to move the granary back to Sturgeon Bay’s west-side waterfront and assure its preservation.