Port panel recommends competing proposals for site across from Blues Factory
Days after the Port Washington Common Council agreed to sell a lakefront parking lot for the Blues Factory, the Plan Commission endorsed two development plans for a boat-trailer parking lot across the street from that site.
Both would create residences on the boat-trailer parking lot at the east end of Washington Street, but while the basic idea for each development is the same — to provide housing that will support downtown businesses — the plans are very different.
Architect Stephen Perry Smith is proposing the construction of an 11-unit condominium townhouse development on the parking lot site, while Ansay Development wants to construct a 44-unit apartment building on the western portion of the parking lot and the former Victor’s restaurant property.
Smith’s plan calls for a phased development of three 35-foot-high townhouse buildings, with four-unit structures facing Lake and Pier streets and a three-unit building facing Washington Street.
Each unit would be 2,200 to 2,300 square feet on three levels, and each would have a two-car garage facing the center of the lot, so those passing by would not see them.
The Ansay proposal calls for a 44-unit, four-story apartment building that would range in height from 48 feet at the southeast corner to 42 feet on the west side, varying with the terrain.
There would be parking on the first floor — one spot for each unit — with 15 units on the next two floors and 14 on the top floor. The building would house a mix of one and two-bedroom apartments.
Neither plan was approved unanimously. Commission member Bud Sova voted against the Smith plan, saying more planning for the area is needed and he feared it would preclude development of the Victor’s property. Commission member Amanda Williams dissented on the Ansay plan, saying the structure is too big for the area.