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City to accept $140,000 for marina district lot PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 19:09

Officials settle on price for car-trailer lot, expect to ink $250,000 deal for adjacent Blues Factory site next month

Architect Stephen Perry Smith will pay the City of Port Washington $140,000 for the car-trailer parking lot at the east end of Washington and Pier street, City Attorney Eric Eberhardt told the Common Council Tuesday.

“We’ve agreed fundamentally on price,” Eberhardt said, adding most of the other terms and conditions of the potential purchase have been agreed upon by the city and Smith.

 
Council’s record: 22 closed meetings in 15 months PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 18:08

Officials say closed sessions needed as Port deals with lakefront projects, but others question secrecy

As Wisconsin celebrates Sunshine Week — a time dedicated to open government and the state’s open meetings law — the City of Port Washington is facing questions over its use of closed sessions during the past year.

The city has held 22 closed sessions over the past 15 months, many of them concerning the proposed sale of city land and pending developments along the lakefront.

 
Port commission backs expanding TIF district PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 18:56

Proposed changes call for adding five properties north of Pier Street, making infrastructure upgrades

The Port Washington Plan Commission on Monday approved changes to the city’s tax incremental financing district project plan and recommended that the Common Council add five parcels to the district.

The proposed amendments would add the five properties — all of which are north of Pier Street — and include $7.8 million in development incentives for a number of projects.

 
Council votes to expand tapped-out TIF district PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 08 March 2017 19:26

Without change, city couldn’t help fund planned projects near Port marina

Port Washington’s downtown tax incremental financing district, which has been used for everything from street improvements to development incentives, is one step away from growing.

The Common Council on Tuesday approved two resolutions amending the district — one that enlarges it by five properties for which developments have been proposed and another that adds potential projects to the TIF plan.

All that’s left before the changes are final is approval by the Joint Review Board, which will meet within the next 45 days to take action, officials said.

 
Residents rap city for use of development TIF incentives PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 20:04

Those at hearing say taxpayers shouldn’t have to subsidize private projects

The crowd was small but vocal last week in opposing changes to Port Washington’s downtown tax incremental financing district.

The group spoke during a Feb. 16 public hearing on the changes, which include increasing the size of the district and adding funds for developer’s incentives and infrastructure.

Those attending the hearing before the Plan Commission generally objected to the idea of development incentives, saying developers should not depend on city help for their businesses to be successful.

“From what I understand, the government of Port Washington is borrowing millions of dollars to help build facilities that are going to be owned by private individuals who are already wealthy,” Pat Roberts, 505 N. Montgomery St., said. 

 
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