Development company tries another option to buycity-owned acreage it wants for corporate campus
A little more than a month after Port Washington aldermen voted to seek other proposals for 44 acres of south bluff land owned by the city, the Common Council met in closed session Tuesday to consider another offer for the property from Ansay Development.
Mike Ansay, chairman and CEO of Ansay and Associates, said Tuesday his firm has offered the city a $50,000 non-refundable six-month option for the land, which it wants to use for a corporate campus.
The firm would use the six months to investigate and develop plans for the campus, Ansay said.
He said the campus would allow the company to hold its corporate events in Port Washington instead of around the state, as it currently does.
“Ansay’s on a track of growth. Our goal is to grow and our goal is to be in Port Washington,” Ansay said.
The firm has about 85 employees in its downtown Port offices and 256 workers throughout Wisconsin, with plans to add another 100 or more jobs in the next three to five years, he said.
The plan is to create a corporate campus valued at between $4.5 million and $9 million and in the process consolidate its training center, relocate the existing offices and create an innovation center for start-up businesses, Ansay said.
“This facility will be a state of the art, sustainable design for the long haul and firmly establish the headquarters of a major corporate partner in downtown Port Washington,” according to a letter distributed to aldermen.
The letter states that the option would be for the firm to buy the land for the city’s appraised price.
Ansay told aldermen he does not expect to seek tax incremental financing for the project.
Ansay’s comments were made during the public portion of Tuesday’s Common Council meeting as part of a plan by Ansay and two other downtown businessmen to create a marina area development.