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A site plan to develop the former Sunset School property into a 26-unit multi-family development received support last week from Sturgeon Bay’s Aesthetic Design and Site Plan Review Board.

Sturgeon Bay Common Council had previously approved a planned unit development for the site so that SC Swiderski could develop two eight-unit, two-storey buildings with attached garages between Erie Street and Delaware Street, as well as four and six-unit attached buildings one-story along 8th Avenue North.

Kortni Wolf, Business Development Manager for SC Swiderski, said the development, which will be known as SCS Sunset Estates, will feature two different building types, as well as community space; and have two entrances: one on Delaware Street and the other on Erie Street.

Wolf said the 26 units will include two and three bedrooms with six different floor plans.

“We have private entrances and our rental rates are very inclusive,” she said. “We also have ample parking on site.”

Jacqui McElroy, the company’s director of business development, said rent will be based on market rates, with specific prices to be released 90 days before the apartments open.

Tenants will pay for electricity, but McElroy said the monthly rent will include heating.

Kortni Wolf, Business Development Manager for SC Swiderski, appears May 23 before the Sturgeon Bay Aesthetic Design and Site Plan Review Board to discuss the company’s plans to build 26 apartments on the site of the Old School Sunset. Photo by Kevin Boneske.

“Our hydronic heating system is very efficient, so that’s one of the reasons we use it,” she said. “We pay for heating because we want to use this system instead of forced air. It’s more efficient. »

McElroy said the wall units will be used for air conditioning.

Project timeline

Instead of remodeling the existing school building into an apartment, as is currently the case at the old West Side School, the plans for the project call for the demolition of the old Sunset School and the construction of four new buildings.

McElroy said demolition work is expected to begin in about a month, with the company now working with the city on how best to handle the asbestos removal from the existing building.

She said groundbreaking is scheduled for late summer, after the existing building is demolished, with plans for the project to be completed next April.