After public visioning sessions, lot line changes and many individual offers on the Braun property in downtown Sister Bay, the village may soon get what it was hoping for when it originally began planning for the property in 2013: a single developer to purchase and build on the lots.
“The single offer will be for… everything up for sale,” said Zeke Jackson, village administrator, in an interview before the board entertained an offer on the property during closed session Sept. 19.
The board has not yet accepted an offer on the property, but Jackson said there is substantial agreement between the parties and he expects the sale to be concluded soon.
The village is planning to retain the center of the property for public use, but the surrounding development may rearrange those lot lines. The immediate corner of Bay Shore Drive and Mill Road will be an information kiosk.
Two of the lots on the Braun property were purchased by JJ Johnson, but the village recouped them after Johnson did not begin development after Labor Day of this year as promised.
“[JJ was] not ready to break ground and we need somebody ready to break ground,” said Jackson. “The board politely returned his earnest money and said if you want to come back in and play we’d be more than happy to talk with you.”
The development will likely be phased over several years. …read more…