With moving the building out of the question, a historic home in Sturgeon Bay has a few months to determine its fate. The home located at 442 Michigan Street was purchased by the county in 2008 for archival storage for the nearby museum. When the county purchased the former Younkers building last year, it also began looking for a buyer for the house. The structural integrity of the building would be compromised too much if it was moved to another location, so the house will either stay standing or be demolished. Door County Administrator Ken Pabich says they are currently seeing if it is feasible to use the structure for its Human Services Department.
Pabich expects the final report on whether the building can be used and how much possible renovations would cost to come in May. For a brief time, the house was used as a jail.