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Door County officials look to add housing to address county-wide need

Lakeshore Regional News

DOOR COUNTY, Wis. (WFRV) — Local officials are looking to tackle a county-wide housing scarcity, addressed in a 2019 study by AECOM.

“We currently have a deficit of 330 rental units here in Sturgeon Bay,” Mayor David Ward of Sturgeon Bay said.

Several housing projects, including one at Sturgeon Bay’s historic West Side School and West Side Field, are in the works.

That particular project, which is currently waiting on tax credit approval by the state, would bring 40 units of affordable housing to the city.

“We have a lot of people who are working in factories or starting out jobs and their budgets can just afford so much in terms of rent,” Mayor Ward explained.

Sturgeon Bay’s City Council recently approved a plan for the city’s West Waterfront, which improves a walking path and lookout point, and leaves room for future development.

“That will really help to change that whole area,” Mayor Ward said. “We’re hoping to get developers down there as well.”

Additional storefronts in the area would benefit from more citizens of Sturgeon Bay.

Currently, a large portion of the city’s workforce commutes from other municipalities.

“We have a great tourism season where we get a lot of customers, but we have to have that base for the entire year,” Mayor Ward said.

Currently, there are four housing projects in the works in Sturgeon Bay that, according to the Mayor, will supply about 160 units of housing combined.

Even with those new developments, Sturgeon Bay is looking for more.

“We’re looking for developers, we’re looking for investors, and people who want to invest in Door County, and particularly Sturgeon Bay,” Mayor Ward said.

In December 2019, the Door County Economic Development Corp. unveiled a website aimed at connecting people interested in living in the county with employment and housing opportunities.


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