Lake Street to get a rebuild

Newport Shores developer will contribute to project slated to begin in fall

NORTH LAKE STREET along Port Washington’s lakefront is in bad shape, especially after recent construction projects such as the Newport Shores mixed-use development (right) and the Lakepointe condominiums (left). Ansay Development, which constructed Newport Shores, will pay the city nearly $14,000 to rebuild sidewalk and curbs alongside the building. Photo by Bill Schanen IV
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KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM
Ozaukee Press staff

It’s a small segment of road, but Lake Street between Washington and Jackson streets in Port Washington’s marina district is an important link — especially in summer.

The dilapidated street is used by visitors to the marina and the city’s lakefront, as well as people traveling to Upper Lake Park and Veterans Memorial Park.

So the city’s plans to rebuild the 415 feet of street will take center stage this fall, and the Common Council recently took steps to pave the way for the roadwork, which is expected to begin Oct. 1 and be completed by Nov. 30.

The Common Council approved an amendment to its developer’s agreement with Ansay Development two weeks ago that calls for the firm to pay almost $14,000 to rebuild the sidewalk and curb next to its Newport Shores building.

Instead of Ansay doing the work, it will be wrapped into the street project.

It’s a project that’s been long anticipated, since the road is in poor shape — so bad that the city considered rebuilding it last year.

  Officials considered rebuilding the street using pavers instead of asphalt, but aldermen said they couldn’t justify the added cost.

The street work will be done by PTS Contractors, Inc. of Green Bay, which is handling this year’s street projects.

This week, the Common Council gave its initial review of an ordinance that will reserve portions of the city-owned parking lot on the east and south sides of the Newport Shores building for marina tenants during the busiest portions of the year.

The proposed ordinance gives marina tenants the exclusive right to use 30 parking stalls around the building from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends from April 1 through Oct. 31 each year.

The ordinance, which is expected to be approved by aldermen on May 3, was prompted by a concern over the amount of parking for marina tenants expressed by Harbormaster Dennis Cherny, city Administrator Tony Brown said.

The city and Ansay agreed to the parking restrictions while negotiating a parking, construction and drainage easement two years ago, he noted.

Ald. John Sigwart asked whether the city would monitor the parking to ensure marina tenants are the only ones using the spaces during those hours.

Brown noted that it will be monitored by the marina, which has a parking officer.

City Attorney Eric Eberhardt noted that the parking lot is owned by the city and open to the public throughout the rest of the year.

“It is our property,” he said. “We’re just agreeing to share it with tenants and customers (at Newport Shores) except for these times.”

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