The Stillwater City Council is set to discuss the final draft of the Bridgeview Park plan Tuesday night — in what is sure to start an interesting discussion moving forward.
One of the most anticipated plans for the $10.7 million, 17-acre Bridgeview Park plan south of downtown, is the prospect of a municipal dock.
The proposed plan includes four possible options for locating a municipal dock.
The majority of opinions expressed at the various planning meetings, is the stretch of city-owned shoreline between Nelson Street and the two Bergstein buildings in Bridgeview Park, Community Development Director Bill Turnblad said.
A public dock in the alcove at Kolliner Park, Stillwater’s land on the Wisconsin side of the St. Croix River, is also an option that has been discussed.
The location options are:.
Option 1: Construct a 16-slip municipal dock next to the Bergstein buildings in Bridgeview Park. This could cost $2 million and take up to 5 years to complete.
Option 2: Lease St. Croix Boat & Packet’s transient slips and convert them to public boat slips for two years. After that, the lease could be continued, or other options could be pursued.
Under this options, the city’s maintenance responsibilities would only be for the slip structures, not the dock itself, Turnblad said. There would be no up-front capital costs, and the public docking could be offered as early as this summer.
Option 3: Reconstruct the St. Croix Boat & Packet dock by reorienting the extension to the south instead of to the north. The result would be room to construct a new municipal dock where the old city dock was, immediately adjacent to the Dock Café. This option would also require the relocation of the Avalon.
Option 4: Build a dock where the Avalon is currently located. Since the dock would be new, it would be required to have ADA accessibility.The Avalaon would be relocated to the Bergstein building site.
Kolliner Park Option: Construct a dock in Kolliner Park — and boaters would walk across the Lift Bridge to get downtown.
The build-out of the Bridgeview Park plan would happen in five phases. Specific dates have not been set for each phase, they could occur one to three years apart.
The overall timeframe for plan implementation would then be 5 – 15 years, or longer, Turnblad said. The open-ended timing takes some pressure off of funding, since about 50% of the estimated $10.7 million total project cost could be the city’s responsibility.
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