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City officials working with developer interested in VK land PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 19:25

Port mayor says prospective buyer is serious but fate of south-side land hinges on TIF assistance for utilities

    Port Washington Mayor Tom Mlada said this week that the city is working with one developer who is seriously eyeing the former VK Development land on the city’s south side.

    “We have received interest from and had dialogue with a number of people over the last year, but there has been significant interest from one developer,” Mlada said. “This level of interest is without doubt the strongest level of interest we’ve heard.

    “There’s nothing definitive. We’re still in conversation. But I’m cautiously optimistic.”

    The city will likely know in the next six to nine months whether the developer will take the project to its next steps, Mlada said.

    City officials didn’t seek out the developer, Mlada added, but they are working with him.

    “What we’ve tried to do is to actively partner with interested parties,” he said. “I wouldn’t say we’re actively courting him. He approached us.”

    Although he would not identify the developer, Mlada said he is from out of state but familiar with the area and has the background and experience to make a project work.

 
Petition seeks to block sale of lakefront land PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 20:59

Opponents of Port council’s decision to market property to developers want lot along marina to be a public park

    Opponents of the Port Washington Common Council’s decision to market a city-owned lakefront parking lot to developers are circulating a petition asking aldermen to reconsider the action and instead consider creating a park on the property.

    “We want to try to keep the city from going in a direction that really isn’t appropriate,” said Pat Wilborn, who is circulating the petition. “I’m against commercializing the marina.

    “The petition says we don’t want private development there. Kiwanis Park would be a  nice addition there ... a tremendous asset. Even if they put up a pavilion there, it will block some views but still be a public use.”

    The petition, which Wilborn said Monday will be available in a number of downtown businesses this week, urges aldermen “not to pursue the private development of this land and to consider a partnership with a local community group to develop this land as green space that would be available to all citizens and visitors of Port Washington.”

 
Plan to sell city lakefront land on fast track PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 15:28

Port commission declares property surplus amid concerns officials are rushing development proposal

    The Port Washington Plan Commission last week declared a city-owned parking lot along the marina surplus property, paving the way for its development even as some officials expressed concern the city is rushing to sell public lakefront land for use as a brew pub restaurant.

    Commission members said the potential sale of the property, which is expected to be considered by the Common Council on Tuesday, Dec. 2, could create a destination at the end of the north slip portion of the marina off Washington Street that would draw visitors and residents to the lakefront year-round.

    Successful development of the land could also spur other projects identified in a recently approved downtown redevelopment plan, officials said.

    However, several commission members questioned whether the city is moving too fast in declaring the land surplus.

    “I believe it should be part of a whole marina district plan,” commission member Amanda Williams said. “We can declare this property surplus at any point.”

 
Protests don’t slow plan to sell lakefront land PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 20:00

Port council clears way for sale, development of city lot despite pleas from residents, park offer from service club

    Nearly a dozen people asked the Port Washington Common Council on Tuesday not to sell a city-owned lakefront parking lot for development, and a service organization offered to instead create a park on the land to protect public access to Lake Michigan.

    “The marina and the lake is what made my husband and I pick up and move to Port Washington,” said Brenda Harvieux of 932 N. Stanford St., who moved to the city in August. “Please don’t wreck the view down there.”

    But aldermen voted unanimously to declare the land at the end of the north slip portion of the marina surplus property, the first step in a plan to sell the land for development, ideally a brew pub.

    “Let’s see if there is an idea out there that is a great fit,” said Ald. Mike Ehrlich, who emphasized, as did other aldermen, that the council’s action does not commit the city to selling the property.

    The Community Development Authority will now begin to draft a request for proposals for development of the parking lot.

    Although the city wants to sell the property for a development that would draw people to the lake year-round, many of the more than 30 people who crowded into city hall said the land is most valuable as undeveloped property that provides views and access to the lake.

 
Brooks resigns from board as officials juggle state aspirations PDF Print E-mail
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Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 19:09

County leader says plan to hold both local, state offices changed when Schlenvogt entered race for Senate

  Ozaukee County Supr. Rob Brooks of Saukville, an influential voice on the County Board during his 12 years in office, resigned Tuesday to focus on the state office he will assume on Jan. 5.

    A chairman of the board for nine years and current vice-chairman, Brooks had planned to step down from his leadership role but remain a county supervisor while also serving as a state representative. That changed, however, when County Board Chairman Lee Schlenvogt declared his candidacy for the state Senate last week, he said.

    The possibility of the board’s top two officers resigning at the same time is a concern, Brooks said, so he decided to step aside now.

    “Two people leaving at once would create too big of a vacuum on the board,” Brooks said. “I spent too long getting the board in good shape to walk away and let it go to hell.”

    The county will appoint a supervisor to complete Brooks’ term in the 5th District, which includes Village of Saukville Wards 1, 2, 3 and 6. Brooks’ term expires in April 2016.

 
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