Establishing the city of Kewaunee as “Wisconsin’s authentic lakeshore community” is one of the key recommendations of the draft Waterfront Plan that is the subject of a public input meeting Monday night.
City officials are inviting the public to the session at 6 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 401 Fifth St., to solicit input about the plan, which is the result of four months of work by a mayor-appointed committee with the University of Wisconsin-Extension and Kewaunee County Economic Development Corp.
The plan, an update to the Waterfront Plan compiled in 2009 by Ayres Associates, aims to provide a vision to will draw residents and visitors to the Kewaunee River Harbor, Lake Michigan Waterfront, and adjacent downtown business district.
The committee will present overview of the process and resulting recommendations in the 49-page waterfront plan, which is posted at the city website. Then it’ll be community members’ turn to comment.
READ THE PLAN: Here is a link to the draft waterfront plan update.
A centerpiece of the effort is the east end of Ellis Street, redubbed “Ellis Point” by the design team and built around Lakehaven Hall, the remaining former industrial buildings near the water, and the green space created by tearing down several of those buildings.
Other points of focus are “Fisherman’s Point,” an area across the water from Harbor Park, and preservation of some of the city’s iconic old structures, namely the Pier Head Lighthouse (pictured), the tug Ludington floating museum, the former Kewaunee Life-Saving Station, and the City Garage and Well House at 77 Ellis St.
The draft plan has 42 specific recommendations for short- and long-term actions.