Port sells bluff land for city’s largest subdivision

Firm that plans 156 homes on 35 acres will pay $2.2 million in installments

A total of 156 homes are planned for the Prairie's Edge subdivision on 35 acres between Division Street and the Lake Michigan bluff on Port Washington's near south side.
Ozaukee Press staff

The City of Port Washington last week sold more than 35 acres of south bluff land it owns to Black Cap Halcyon for the Prairie’s Edge subdivision — the largest subdivision in the city.

The developer plans to begin work on the subdivision this fall, City Administrator Mark Grams said, and possibly begin constructing homes before the year ends.

“They’ll start yet this year,” he said, beginning with utility work and earth moving.

The subdivision is expected to add almost $60 million to the city’s tax base through a mix of 238 residential units and 40,000 square feet of commercial space while also ensuring public access to the south beach and bluff.

The project, which is to be done in three phases and completed by 2023, is being built on land south of the We Energies power plant. The city received the land from the utility in 2004 as part of an agreement allowing the conversion of the power plant from a coal-fired facility to one fueled by natural gas.

The first phase of the project, which will develop the center of the property, includes almost 28,000 square feet of commercial space in three buildings, two of them single story structures, while the third would be three stories tall with commercial uses on the first floor and residential units on the top two floors.

Two three-story residential buildings with underground parking would also be part of the first phase, as well as eight cottages with two-car garages.

In all, a total of 156 residential units as well as the cottages would be included in the first phase of the project.

Black Cap Halcyon will pay $2.2 million for the land.

The company will pay for the land in four installments — about $200,000 last week, $1 million when the first building permit is issued for the first phase of the subdivision and $500,000 when the permits for the second and third phases are taken out, Grams said.

The $1.2 million the city is expected to receive this year will pay for a laundry list of capital purchases, including a new tanker truck and an ambulance for the fire department, as well as equipment for the street department and public works departments and improvements at the Niederkorn Library.


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