The future identity of Port Washington's lakefront properties continues to be shaped with a newly proposed housing development.

A site inthe 300 block of East Washington Street occupied by a parking lot is being considered for 11 townhouse units designed by Stephen Perry Smith Architects, Inc. The proposed site is across the street from the site where the Blues Factory is expected to be built.

According to Stephen Smith, the project has received approval from the city but has had minor delays due to careful excavations of seawall tie backs and minor environmental contamination.

"It's nothing serious, but we're just making sure that we comply with all city guidelines," said Smith, who is purchasing the site from the city for $140,000. "The site used to be occupied by a chair factory, so there were minor detections of residual chemicals from that factory."

Stephen Perry Smith Architects is still in the process of updating the final design of the development before offering construction bids. The Port Washington Common Council is expected to finalize the sale of the site to the developer within the next month.

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