Shaffer’s plans for Port extend beyond downtown

Developer who proposed Ozaukee Square project is also working on The Farm ‘agrihood’ on Sunset Rd.
Ozaukee Press staff

Developer Cindy Shaffer’s Ozaukee County plan, which if approved would change the face of downtown Port, is one of two projects she is proposing in the city.

The other is The Farm, a so-called agrihood on Sunset Road just west of Highway LL.

The project would be one of the first of its kind in southeastern Wisconsin, Shaffer said, adding these type of neighborhoods, which integrate agriculture into residential communities, originated in California and Colorado.

Shaffer said she’s working on a site plan for The Farm, which would likely have an estimated 150 to 200 apartments in seven to nine buildings on 11 acres.

As with her Ozaukee Square plan, Shaffer said, the housing would be apartments intended to provide a place for a local workforce to live.

The two-story buildings would have ranch-style units stacked atop each other, with direct entries and attached garages.

In addition to the residential buildings, she said, there would be community fruit and vegetable gardens, a pollinator garden, chicken coop, beehives, butterfly gardens, a public park and playground and a fitness and meditation area.

There would also be a clubhouse with a community kitchen for farm-to-table meals, Shaffer said, adding she plans to bring in chefs to create the meals and perhaps teach cooking classes.

A hydroponic garden where produce can be grown would also be included in the clubhouse.

“Our vision is to create a culture of nourishment, health and sustainability,” she said.

“This is a really cool project,” Shaffer said. “I feel strongly about the environment. “This is about green building and about food, healthy food.”

She said the concept is an extension of the community garden she created at Spur 16 in Mequon.

“The residents love it,” she said.

It’s a concept she said she would like to replicate throughout southeastern Wisconsin, adding that it will honor the farms that once dotted the land and created the communities where people live today.

Each of the developments, she said, would be branded The Farm and acknowledge the previous owners and farmers of the land.

For Port’s project, she said, the project would be called The Farm: A Panarusky Family Legacy.

Shaffer said she expects to bring plans for The Farm to the Port Plan Commission for a preliminary concept review on Thursday, Oct. 20.


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