A major hole in the downtown Sturgeon Bay retail landscape could be filled if it is approved by the Sturgeon Bay City Council on Thursday. SBLifeisGood, LLC owners Todd Trimberger and Dr. Kelton Reitz are looking to purchase the former Younkers building at 58 N. Third Avenue and renovate it to house an expanded version of their store Bliss and other local businesses. It wants to enter a development agreement with the city so it can receive help tearing down an obsolete skywalk and to move the building’s public bathrooms to the first floor. The city has already budgeted most of the $125,000 requested for the project to construct a public restroom facility in the downtown area. Sturgeon Bay Community Development Director Marty Olejniczak hopes a Community Development Investment Grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation helps the project get closer to becoming a reality.
The Sturgeon Bay Common Council will weigh in on both the development agreement and the grant when it meets Thursday at 7 p.m.