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Developer digs into first harborfront project PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 November 2017 21:00


Groundbreaking for condos on former city car-trailer lot marks start of marina district developments that could include apartment complex, Blues Factory

    A formal groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday for Lakepointe, the first of three major development projects planned for Port Washington’s lakefront.
    “We’re very excited about this,” Mayor Tom Mlada told aldermen Tuesday night, noting the development represents continuing momentum for the downtown.
    “The momentum continues beyond today,” Mlada said, referring to the planned neighboring developments in the marina district, such as the Blues Factory entertainment complex on the north slip parking lot and the Ansay apartments to be built on the former Victor’s restaurant site adjacent to the Lakepointe property.
   TRUCK LG “This development represents belief, faith and investment” in the community and downtown, Mlada added.
    The 11-unit Lakepointe condominium project, which is being developed by architect Stephen Smith, is being built on the former car-trailer parking lot on Washington and Lake streets.
    It is comprised of three buildings — two with four townhouses each and one with three townhomes — to be built over the next two years.
    Each of the three-story units average 2,250 square feet, with access from garages that face an interior courtyard, not the street.
    The first building is expected to be occupied next summer, with the second one completed in spring 2019. Completion of the final building is expected in fall 2019.
    Four of the 11 units are already sold, according to Gertjan van den Broek, who is representing the developer.
    Van den Broek noted that the townhouses are being constructed by Fine Line Construction of Port Washington.
    The fact that Fine Line is a local building company is “important for us,” he said. “...building Port Washington in more ways than simply bricks and mortar.”
    The townhouses are the first of the marina district developments to be constructed,  and they are the least controversial of the projects.
    The sale of the city-owned north slip parking lot for the Blues Factory has sparked a lingering controversy that has split the city and resulted in the ouster of several incumbent aldermen.
    And the height of the Ansay apartments  sparked concerns among residents at a hearing before the Common Council Tuesday.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 09 November 2017 16:44