Door County and developers interested in meeting the need for affordable housing say its easier said than done. Horizon Development of Madison is voicing interested in the soon-to-be-closed Sunset School property for a 40-to-50 unit apartment project. The key is getting public and private investment in such projects. Sturgeon Bay Community Development Director Marty Olejniczak says competition is fierce for Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority tax credits. He also says the application process can take a lot of time.
Sturgeon Bay City Administrator Josh Van Lieshout says additional obstacles can be finding other investors, setting up Tax Increment Finance Districts and opposition from nearby homeowners.
Developers planning to convert the former Sturgeon Bay West Side School into affordable housing are still awaiting word on their application for WHEDA tax credits.