Former Sturgeon Bay school may become housing development

Posted on Sep 3, 2019 :: Insight on Business, Web Exclusive
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An artist’s rendering shows what the new housing development would look like.

Developers have shared their latest plans to turn West School in Sturgeon Bay into a 40-unit workforce housing development.

The project, which would be named Sawyer School Lofts, would include a minimum of eight units guaranteed for veterans.

Andy Dumke and Cal Schultz of Northpointe Developments said in addition to their own investment in the property, the school would be refurbished in part with historic tax credits and Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority tax credits.

The development would help provide housing for working individuals and families — something that is in high demand in Sturgeon Bay, Dumke said.

“We are passionate about saving historic buildings and are excited that this building has the opportunity to live on with a new purpose,” he said. “If all goes as planned, West School’s 100th birthday will be celebrated with its rebirth as a place offering quality housing.”

The project still needs to make it through the local approval process.