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Committee rejects proposal for Marquette School site

A proposal to build “twindominiums” on the former site of Marquette School was rejected by the Kewaunee Historical Preservation Committee.  Developer Jeff Wellhouse proposed constructing four units containing two single-family homes sharing a common wall.  Wellhouse told committee members Thursday night the design is a far different concept than traditional duplexes.  Wellhouse believes his project will benefit property owners surrounding the vacant site.


The property's long history as a school site ended with the building's demolition in 2017.  Neighbors, like Kirt Johnson, say the property should continue to be utilized for community use.


In the end, the Kewaunee Historical Preservation Committee voted 6-2 against issuing a certificate of appropriateness for the twindominium project.  Jeff Wellhouse has the option of appealing the committee's decision to the Kewaunee Common Council in 30-days.


(Photo of old Marquette School courtesy of Wisconsin Historical Society)

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