The controversial Blues Factory project in Port Washington just received another wrinkle in its future.
The Port Washington Common Council opted to extend the deadline for the purchase of the sale of the parking lot proposed for the entertainment complex until February. The original deadline for purchase came on the day of the council's April 5 meeting.
Concerns were raised over the structural support in the lot, specifically the difficulty posed in finding the tiebacks in the sheet wall. Workers have since found all the tiebacks, but whether or not there are enough for the structural support of the project will delay the project for the time being.
With the deadline for the sale now set for Feb. 28, the city will now have until June 2018 to begin construction before the city purchases the site back for $250,000.
Alderman Dan Becker expressed optimism about the future of the project despite the extension of the deadline.
"There's always some level of uncertainty when it comes to projects and deals like this," said Becker. "We're confident that the engineering and financing will come through, and we see no issue going forward."
The Blues Factory will feature a restaurant, banquet hall, and performance venue.The proposed entertainment complex has been a controversial project since its original proposal. The project ultimately influenced the results of this year's spring election, resulting in the ousting of Becker and Alderman Bill Driscoll, two outspoken supporters of the project.