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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. 

 
Officials face tall task of vetting bluff proposals PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 20:32

Port council will weigh development designs, city subsidies, offers for land

Three distinct proposals for primarily residential development along Port Washington’s south bluff that will change that entrance to the city were received by the Common Council last week — but now comes the hard work.

Aldermen must now analyze these proposals and determine who they will work with to develop the 44 acres of city-owned land just south of the We Energies power plant.

 
Man bound over for trial in drug homicide case PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bill Schanen IV   
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 19:14

Saukville resident is accused of setting up heroin deal for Port woman who died of an overdose in August

A 43-year-old Saukville man who faces a homicide charge accusing him of supplying heroin to a Town of Port Washington woman who died of an overdose in August  was bound over for trial in Ozaukee County Circuit Court Tuesday.

John W. Warrix was charged last month with one felony count of first-degree reckless homicide in connection with the death of 38-year-old Samantha Ritenour, whose body was found at her home on Highway C on Aug. 15, 2016.

 
Developers woo city for south bluff land PDF Print E-mail
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Written by krisTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Thursday, 09 February 2017 00:35

Firms pitch plans for multimillion-dollar, publicly subsidized projects that include 195 to 346 new homes

Developers who presented diverse plans to develop 44 acres of city-owned land just south of the We Energies power plant in Port Washington Tuesday had three main things in common – their projects will bring hundreds of houses, apartments and condos to the community, be worth tens of millions of dollars and add roughly $1 million annually to the city’s tax revenues and require a multimillion-dollar city subsidy.

 
Three area developers vie for Port bluff land PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 20:29

Subdivision plans include sustainable farm, ‘pocket neighborhoods,’ event venue

Three development groups with ties to Ozaukee County want to create subdivisions on 44 acres of undeveloped bluff land south of the We Energies power plant in the City of Port Washington.

All three proposals received by the city before Friday’s deadline are primarily residential but they incorporate unique features — a farm in one case — and include public spaces.

 
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