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School District won’t support Port TIF plan PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 21:05

Board votes unanimously to abstain from key vote amid concerns about city’s efforts to expand financing district

The Port Washington-Saukville School Board on Monday decided it will not support a proposed expansion of the City of Port Washington’s downtown tax incremental financing district because of concerns about the city’s use of developer incentives and questions about the tax district’s value to the school district.

The board voted unanimously to direct its representative on the Joint Review Board, Director of Business Services Jim Froemming, to abstain from a key vote this week on the city’s amendment its downtown TIF plan by adding five lakefront-area properties to the district.

Blues Factory deadline extended to 2018 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 22:22

Officials say new concerns about integrity of marina wall prompt delay in deal for controversial lakefront complex

The Port Washington Common Council last week unanimously extended the deadline for the sale of the north marina slip parking lot until Feb. 28, 2018.

The almost 11-month extension came on the day that the sale of the lot for the proposed Blues Factory entertainment complex was originally expected to be completed.

The delay was prompted in large part by the discovery that the structural supports for the sheetwall — the tiebacks that hold the wall in place and the deadmen that anchor the tiebacks —are largely nonexistent, City Administrator Mark Grams said.

Lakefront development debates fuel Port race PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 20:47

Alderman attributes controversy over Blues Factory to vocal minority, challenger says council has angered residents

There’s little doubt that development pressures have spurred anger in Port Washington recently. In February, incumbent Ald. Bill Driscoll was ousted in the primary election, a result many attribute to controversy over lakefront development, beginning with the city’s decision to sell a lakefront parking lot for the Blues Factory entertainment complex.

Blues Factory deadline may spur deal or another delay PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 21:00

Port council considers proposed lakefront project on day sale was to be final

Port Washington aldermen were expected to learn the status of the sale of the north slip marina parking lot for the controversial Blues Factory entertainment complex.

The deadline for the purchase was Wednesday, April 5, according to a developer’s agreement inked by the Common Council in November.

Whether or not the deal was not completed Wednesday, the agenda for the Common Council meeting would allow aldermen to take action regarding the pending sale and the developer’s agreement.

City to accept $140,000 for marina district lot PDF Print E-mail
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.

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