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Council vote delays granary return trip to Sturgeon Bay west side waterfront

The fate of the controversial Sturgeon Bay Teweles and Brandeis grain elevator was put on hold again Tuesday night by the Sturgeon Bay city council which voted to postpone a decision that would allow a move back near its original location until June 18th.

Council members discussed an amendment to a development agreement that would have allowed the granary to return to the west-side waterfront. Because it would not be to the exact location specified in the development agreement between the city and the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society, council action is required to approve the change.

The vote was five to two with council members Kelly Avenson and David Hayes opposed to the delay. The change was requested by the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society. Council member Kirsten Reeths moved to table the amendment.

Council member Kelly Avenson said approving the amendment to the development agreement would benefit both the city and the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society.

According to city administrator Josh VanLieshout, the owner of the property where the granary is located now would like it moved. The historical society, he said, has expressed a sense of urgency to obtain the approval of the development agreement amendment.

The fate of the granary may now be in the hands of Peter Moede, the developer of Centerpointe Marina, where the granary is now temporarily located. He has cooperated with the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society in efforts to preserve the grain elevator but he could order its removal from his property. That action could result in demolition if efforts to amend the development agreement are not granted.

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