Port Washington residents may soon call a vineyard and winery “home”

73 homes, a vineyard, winery and a 101-acre nature preserve along the bluff receieve OK from Plan Commission and rave reviews from aldermen.

Article in the Ozaukee Press | January 21st, 2015

Plans for 73 home sites, a 100-acre nature conservancy, a vineyard and winery on the former VK Development property on Port Washington’s south side were approved by the city’s Plan Commission last week.

Nick Patera

[Tom Swarthout of The Highview Group and Nick Patera of Teska Associates]

Alderman Dan Becker, who is also a member of the Plan Commission, said the proposal — designed by Teska Associates — will help draw tourists to the area, something that’s important not just to Port but to neighboring communities as well.

“This is so unique,” he said, noting the proposal has a welcome blend of residential and commercial development with conservation. It’s been a long time coming. What’s wonderful about this proposed development is it’s the best of all worlds.”

“Sixty-eight home sites would be developed on the east side of Highway C, with each lot being at least 15,000 square feet,” said Nick Patera, senior vice president of Teska Associates. These homes would have views of the lake and ravines in what officials called a classic conservation or cluster development.

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