Project delay means Newport Shores will remain open

Redevelopment work, restaurant demolition that was to begin this fall pushed back to spring

A RENDERING showing the proposed Newport Shores development from the marina.
By 
KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM
Ozaukee Press staff

Ansay Development’s Newport Shores project, which organizers had hoped to begin constructing this fall, won’t get underway until next year.

John Weinrich, owner of Newport Shores restaurant and a partner in the redevelopment plan, said Tuesday that his eatery won’t close this fall as originally planned but sometime in spring.

“If all goes well, we’ll tear down about April 1,” Weinrich said.

“Everything’s just taking longer than we thought.”

Ansay Development unveiled plans for a striking, modern building  with a mix of uses — 22 condominiums, office space, a store, restaurant and rooftop pub — to replace the Newport Shores restaurant on the Port Washington waterfront this spring.

The L-shaped building, which features a bold, glassy design, would encompass not only the current restaurant, but also two structures to the west owned by Weinrich and a portion of the city-owned property south of Newport Shores.

When completed, the building is expected to add $10 million to the city’s tax rolls, according to Ansay. It would bring an additional $186,000 in taxes to the county and $62,000 to the city annually.

While the city has given conceptual approval for the development as well as a height exception, there is still much work to be done before construction can begin, City Administrator Mark Grams said.

“They’re still not quite ready yet,” he said.

The developer’s agreement hasn’t been negotiated or the final site plan approved, he said.

While the city has agreed to negotiate the sale of a small piece of land for the project, no agreement is in place, he said, nor is there an agreement on where to move the fish cleaning station and Kiwanis shelter — something Ansay has agreed to do as part of its development.

Grams said he believes Ansay is still working on a financial analysis for the development, especially since building costs have skyrocketed recently.

“I think they’re still looking at the project as a whole,” he said.

When asked if Ansay would be seeking any development incentives as part of the plan, Grams said he doesn’t know.

“Stay tuned,” he said.

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