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Fleet Farm, housing project moves forward

The Sturgeon Bay Common Council dealt with two major future developments at Tuesday night’s meeting, including the new Fleet Farm and an apartment complex on 14th Avenue.  In the first part of the business meeting, the council approved the recommendations by the Finance Purchasing and Building Committee and the City Plan Commission for the annexing and temporary rezoning of the Kerscher property located on State Highway 42/57 in the Town of Nasewaupee that is the proposed future site for a Fleet Farm.

After three residents shared concerns during public comments over potential drainage and erosion problems with the proposed plan for a 22-unit apartment complex at 1361 North 14th Avenue, the council moved forward on a first reading of a rezoning of the land from Agricultural to Multi-Family Residential (R-4).  The approval was subject to three conditions being met concerning storm water run-off and the grading of the property.  Those issues must be dealt with before the second reading is approved at the next council meeting on November 15.  Councilmember Gary Nault moved to table the rezoning action, but was defeated by a 5-1 margin.

In other business, the Sturgeon Bay Common Council approved the American Transmssion Company (ATC) damages distribution award of $162,250 to WPP Development and $69,700 to the City for incurred losses due to the misplacement of the buried transmission lines ATC had done earlier this year on the west side.  The city’s settlement portion will go back into TID #4, while WPP Development, who is putting in a 96-unit apartment complex near the Sturgeon Bay west side waterfront, had incurred financing and redesigning costs.

In the final piece of business Tuesday, the labor agreement between the City and Sturgeon Bay Firefighters Association passed unanimously. 

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