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It’s full steam ahead for Cedar Vineyard plan PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 20:48

With Port TIF, county nature preserve deal in place, developer says he’ll buy land within 60 days

    Plans for the Cedar Vineyard development on Port Washington’s south side are moving ahead full speed, now that the Ozaukee County Board has approved financing for a nature preserve in the subdivision.

    Developer Tom Swarthout, president of the Highview Group, said Tuesday that he plans to buy the 227-acre parcel — most of which lies on the east side of Highway C — from Waukesha State Bank within 60 days.

    “Everything’s coming together,” he said.

    The land, once owned by VK Development, will become a premier conservation subdivision, with 73 home sites surrounded by natural areas, a vineyard and a winery.

    Eleven of the lots in the subdivision have already been reserved, Swarthout said.

    “We have to start moving on this project,” he said. “We’re going to be pushing dirt this fall.”

    Swarthout said the recent approval of a tax incremental financing district and the County Board’s approval of a plan to pay as much as $1 million toward the purchase of a 101-acre preserve that would run along the Lake Michigan bluff and include the Cedar Gorge and Port Washington Clay Bluffs were an important step for the project.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 September 2015 20:50
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