The Sturgeon Bay city council voted Tuesday to approve a development agreement that will move the Teweles and Brandeis granary back to its original location on the west side waterfront. The vote means that hopes to preserve the more than one-hundred year old grain elevator remain alive. A private donor’s pledge of $1.25 million will pay most of the associated costs.
Council members David Ward and Seth Wiederanders voted against adopting the agreement.
Ward said people he visits with are overwhelmingly opposed to preserving the granary. Council member Laurel Hauser cited a very different public response. She said only one person has emailed her in opposition to saving the granary. That email, she said, was filled with misinformation.
Council members Kelly Catarozoli and Barbara Allmann are not seeking re-election on the April 2nd ballot. Both spoke strongly in favor of the granary preservation effort. Allman said the project is in very good hands. Catarozoli said the project is something in which the community can take pride. Both expressed confidence in the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society and thanked the major donor for making the granary preservation effort possible.