Council OKs sale of land once used as soccer fields

Two parcels on North Grant Street slated for homes will be sold to local buyers for a total of $285,000
By 
KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM
Ozaukee Press staff

The Port Washington Common Council last week agreed to sell two parcels of city-owned land on Grant Street for residential development.

The city agreed to sell land on the east side of North Grant Street to Fine Line Carpentry for $125,000 and land on the west side to Dave Pierringer for $160,000. 

The city received one other bid for each of the parcels, both from Hillcrest Builders. The firm offered $105,000 for the land on the east side of Grant Street and $155,000 for the land on the west side.

Both parcels are south of the softball fields and north of the existing houses.

Fine Line had submitted a second bid on the land east of Grant Street if the city would rezone the land for duplexes, City Administrator Mark Grams said.

“I indicated that wasn’t likely to happen,” he said, adding he based his answer on feedback from neighboring property owners.

The east side property is expected to be divided into four single-family lots, officials said.

The city acquired the property on the east side of the street for soccer fields in the mid-1990s, officials said, but since the creation of the soccer fields at the Justice Center, the land is no longer used for soccer games.

The land on the west side of the street had been part of the old city landfill.

The parcels were declared surplus by the Plan Commission last year after they were identified as publicly-owned parcels the city isn’t likely to need in the future.

The unimproved lots on both sides of Grant Street are being sold as is, but the city agreed to extend utilities to the edge of the land.

To facilitate this, aldermen last week agreed to hire KSingh to design the utility extension for $11,000. The estimated cost to construct the improvements is $125,000, Grams said.

Ald. Mike Gasper, who works for KSingh, abstained from the vote.

Ald. John Sigwart was the lone alderman who voted against selling the land, saying he objected to selling the east-side property and adding that he would have preferred that the developer, not the city, be responsible for extending the utilities.

But, Sigwart said, the price the city is getting “looks pretty good.”

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