With upcoming council elections fueled by debates over future apartment developments, one blufftop site in Port Washington overlooking Lake Michigan has not one but three different projects campaigning for the land.
At its meeting on Feb. 7, the Port Washington Common Council reviewed plans presented by three different developers for housing units on a 44.6-acre area of city-owned land along Highway C and Sunset Road just south of downtown.
Shaffer Development LLC and Mayer Helmniak Architects LLC presented "Seven Hills Farm," a 346-unit housing development consisting of duplex condominiums, town homes and multifamily buildings. The plan also calls for a sustainable farm, walking trails and bike paths that connect to downtown and the future Cedar Vineyard housing development to the south, and a lakefront tram to the beach.
The team of Stephen Perry Smith Architects Inc., Sawall Development, Renew Port Holdings LLC, and SEH Inc. presented "Watercolor," a 249-unit development with apartment buildings, town houses, and single-family houses. The plan divides the site into four separate areas, with each area of housing surrounding its own common green space with views of the lake.
The third and smallest plan in terms of housing units was "Prairie's Edge" presented by the team of Black Cap Halcyon LLC, The Kubala Washatko Architects LLC, and Altius Building Co. This 177-unit development mixes apartment buildings, town homes, and cottages. The remaining land would be used for commercial buildings and public and private event space, including a hillside amphitheater that would incorporate the land to the south owned by WE Energies.
The timeline for when the council will decide on one of the three plans has not been set.