Developer thinks small with ‘green’ subdivision

Plan endorsed by Port design board calls for 26 modest-sized, energy-efficient homes in a six-acre, south-side neighborhood

THE HOUSES THAT Port Washington developer Mike Speas has proposed for his Mineral Springs subdivision would be similar in size and style to those he built along Division Street. His new project would be on six acres across the street from the houses. Photo by Bill Schanen IV
By 
BILL SCHANEN IV
Ozaukee Press staff

A developer known for building “green” homes in tidy neighborhoods has proposed a subdivision of 26 small, highly efficient houses on six acres on Port Washington’s near south side.

A concept plan presented by Port resident Mike Speas, owner of Port Green Homes, to create what he called a “small, somewhat intimate subdivision with smaller homes” on land between South Division and South Wisconsin streets was recommended by the city’s Design Review Board Wednesday.

Speas said he plans to purchase the land, which is bisected by Western Avenue, from We Energies in January.

The Mineral Springs Subdivision would feature contemporary cottage-style homes with front porches similar to those Speas built across Division Street from his proposed development. 

Speas said he intends to be the builder of the homes and will have design standards that call for high quality materials such as metal roofs and 50-year siding.

“These would be really high-quality houses but not very large at all,” he said. 

The homes would range in size from 1,000 to 1,600 square feet.

As is typical of Speas’ developments, garages would be hidden from sight behind homes and accessed via private lanes.

“The idea is not to have any garages period on Wisconsin Street or Division Street, and probably not on Western Avenue either,” he said. 

And without individual driveways, many of the trees on the property will remain, Speas said.

“We want a vegetative buffer between the homes and the roads,” he said. 

Sidewalks would be installed along the east side of Division Street and both sides of Western Avenue to create a safe walkway to downtown, Speas said.

His plan will be reviewed by the Plan Commission next. 

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