Thursday, December 1 2022

STURGEON BAY – A proposal currently being considered by the City Plan Commission is to build a community of duplexes/senior condominiums on the north side of Sturgeon Bay.

The proposal comes from local developers Steve Estes and Mark Isaksen of E&I Property Investments, LLC. Intended for people aged 55 and over, it would build 19 duplexes on an 11-acre lot between Sixth and Eighth Avenues North and Colorado Street, which Mayor David Ward said was known to locals as the Thenell property. .

The duplexes would stand around a road that runs through the property, with a clubhouse and other amenities, possibly including a community garden and pickleball courts. Additional garages would be built and could be rented to residents to store a boat or recreational vehicle, for example. Residents should join a condo association that would be formed for the retirement community.

The Planning Commission gave a preliminary review of the proposal at its September 21 meeting and asked E&I to continue working on it, although there is still a long way to go before construction can begin. , Ward told the lawyer.

“The reaction from the Planning Commission is that it looked good to them,” said Ward, who is both commission chairman and mayor. “Going forward more detailed drawings need to be done, there are sewer and water issues. At this stage I would say this is a full development project but we are far from innovating.”

Elevation drawing of the buildings that would form part of a proposed 19 duplex seniors' community for the Town of Sturgeon Bay.

Ward acknowledged that the development should not be considered affordable housing, a longstanding concern throughout Door County, if it comes to market and is currently priced. He noted that the city is also currently working with Estes on another proposed housing project for a 22-unit apartment building, most of which are one-bedroom units, on the site of a crumbling former processing plant. on 14th Avenue North.

“I think when you look at a property there are people at one end of the price and people at the other end of the price,” he said. “This (senior community) is not a solution (for affordable housing).”

Contact Christopher Clough at 920-562-8900 or [email protected]

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