The Sturgeon Bay Granary Project was the major discussion topic at the City’s Common Council meeting Tuesday night. Project Manager Nicole Matson gave an update on the renovation project and handled many questions regarding the delays the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society Foundation (SBHSF) is facing in moving forward on construction on the Teweles & Brandeis Grain Elevator. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) informed the SBHSF that a Section 106 State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) review is needed before the $3.3 million of federal funds that was earmarked for the Granary Project would be received. Matson explained why the bidding for the construction phase is on hold until the review is completed.
The documentation was submitted to the USDA earlier this month with the 30-day review process and a final answer will be received by October 8th. Greenfire Vice-President of Operations informed the council that once the SBHSF gets the green light from the USDA, the work should be completed within six to eight months.
In other business Tuesday night, the Sturgeon Bay Common Council approved two separate second readings of rezoning ordinances for properties at 26 West Pine Street and 1361 North 14th Avenue.
The council also approved the project plan for Tax Incremental District (TID) Number 10 which establishes the boundaries of about 36 acres of land on Sturgeon Bay’s west side. It would be proposed as a mixed-used district that would have a shelf-life of 20 years with five years to close out the debt for the TID. The plan includes a potential single-housing development of six acres of property along South Hudson Avenue and a planned extension on South Geneva and South Fulton Avenues.