Sheboygan Redevelopment Authority agrees to move forward

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The Sheboygan Redevelopment Authority unanimously agreed Thursday to move forward with negotiations on land leases and development agreements for an outfitter store along with a condominium and retail mix building in the South Pier District.

Moeller Development Co., owned by Robert and Connie Moeller of Sheboygan, plans to build a $500,000, two-story, 4,800-square-foot condominium and retail space building on a 0.12-acre parcel near the east end of the Riverwalk Promenade, said Paulette Enders, Sheboygan planning and development director.

LJM plans to build a $180,000, single-story, 1,820-square-foot outfitter store on a 0.13-acre parcel on the western portion of the promenade between Harborside Villas and Jomaji Salon & Spa, Enders said.

The South Pier District has experienced controversy about one proposed development.Both buildings will be designed by LJM.

GrandStay Residential Suites, an extended-stay hotel chain headquartered in St. Augusta, Minn., is negotiating an 88-year lease and development agreement with the city to construct a $6 million, 71-room lodging facility in the South Pier District. GrandStay wants to begin construction on the 46,000-square-foot, three-story hotel this spring and open the hotel in January.

City Attorney Steve McLean is working on the lease agreement and GrandStay's plans have to be heard by the Plan Commission, which will make a recommendation to the Common Council, Enders said.

LJM will own the outfitter building and will rent it to Expedition Outdoor Supply, which will be operated by Mike Miller and Greg Herring of Sheboygan, said Erik Jensen, owner of LJM Architects.

"They're going to rent kayaks and maybe some surfboards and certain large pieces of equipment like that. The two plan to rent kayaks and surfboards, plus sell sportswear and accessories for paddle sports," Jensen said.

Construction on both sites is expected to begin within about a month with completion on the outfitter store this summer and the Moeller building is expected to be finished in the fall, Jensen said.

The Moellers will live in the 2,400-square-foot condominium on the top floor, said Erik Jensen, owner of LJM Architects of Sheboygan, the project designer. A retailer for the bottom floor has yet to be determined.

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