In early 2018, Newport Development Corporation acquired the Wind Point School property from Racine Unified School District (RUSD) for the purpose of demolishing the vacant school building and redeveloping the property. Check back to this page and follow the Wind Point E-News for important updates about this project!

Updates – March 30, 2018
Newport Development Corporation closed on the acquisition of the school property from RUSD on February 13, 2018. The developer is in the process of having asbestos abatement completed in the school building. Azarian Wrecking Co. obtained a razing permit from the Village on March 29 and demolition may begin the first week of April. According to Azarian, the demolition may take about 60 days. Meanwhile, Newport Development is preparing concept plans for redevelopment. They plan to schedule one or more neighborhood meetings later this year with surrounding property owners to present their plans and to gather feedback.

Background Information
Wind Point School (290 Jonsue Ln.) served as a small elementary school in the RUSD for many years until the district decided to permanently close it after the 2012-2013 school year. In September 2017, RUSD issued a request for proposals to solicit bids to demolish the school building. On November 20, 2017, the RUSD School Board approved a proposal to transfer the ownership of the property to Newport Development Corporation. As part of the transfer agreement, Newport Development would be required to demolish the school and redevelop the property.

On December 14, 2017, Ray Leffler of Newport Development, spoke to the Village Board about the developer’s intentions for the property. Mr. Leffler indicated that the acquisition of the property would be finalized in early 2018. They would then proceed with asbestos remediation and demolition of the existing buildings. Mr. Leffler said they are preparing plans to build high-quality, single-story “twindiminium” units on the property. He said the exact layout and number of units to be proposed will depend on how much of the site is buildable, which they are reviewing. Mr. Leffler indicated that he will hold a neighborhood meeting to discuss his plans and to solicit feedback before applying for building and zoning approvals from the Village.

Check back on this webpage and follow the Wind Point E-News for updates on this project. We will post public meeting dates and plans for the property, once they are available!