By Paul Anschutz, Sturgeon Bay
After riding my bike from the corner of Lamperts west on Highway 42/57, over rumble strips located on the edge of the road, I discovered Grant Ave. I traveled north to find the site that was chosen by the developers for a 56-unit apartment complex, and was approved by the Plan Commission on 6/21/17.
To my dismay, I found no road exiting the development site. I explained during public comment at the 7/5/17 common Council meeting, during my 3 minute time frame, that the proposed planned unit development was an isolated development due to the fact that there was no exit, except the highway entrance. I also explained that it was benefiting NOT the Sturgeon Bay School District ,but neighboring Southern Door, as it is located in Nasewaupee. Finally, I urged the council not to make the same mistake in creating a development such as on the north side of Egg Harbor Road that they have not fixed in 15 plus years.
Fast forward to 7/18/17 council meeting, it was brought to the city's attention, through a Memorandum Agreement Between the City of Sturgeon Bay and Wisconsin DOT (permit dated 10/15/09)
We currently have 40 units, and are allowing 56 more plus 14 townhouses (totaling 110 units). It was stated the tipping point which required a traffic study for the development was 100 units, by City Planner, Marty Olejniczak.
Mayor Birmingham stated the city will only benefit by $ 23,000.00 of taxes a year from the development of the 56 units. What will it cost the city to develop a 1/3 mile of road, which could include such barriers as condemning and the possible use of eminent domain?
People first. Honor your agreements.