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!

Update: October 5, 2019 

On Thursday, October 3, Ray Leffler, of Newport Development, presented conceptual plans for the proposed redevelopment of the Wind Point School property.  Mr. Leffler is proposing to construct 48 high end condominium units in 24 buildings on the 14-acre parcel. Mr. Leffler stated that the condominiums will be between 1691 sq. ft. and 2132 sq. ft. in size with proposed values between $350,000 and $400,000.  There are four different styles of condominiums being considered for the project which are shown below. Mr. Leffler stated that his team’s market research has indicated that this type of development was highly sought after in Wind Point and that the type of housing is unique to the area.

Mr. Leffler noted that he is proposing to have one private road which will be connected to Jonsue Lane and will circle the development. Streetlights are proposed for the project, however, Mr. Leffler noted that details were not yet available. Mr. Leffler stated that it is their intention to keep and improve the walking path along the east side of the property, and that they would examine other possible options to improve the walk-ability of the development.

Mr. Leffler stated that a hydrology analysis was completed, and soil boring samples were done, both of which indicated that there is a high-water table on the property.  To deal with this, Mr. Leffler is proposing to construct a large storm-water retention pond in the middle of the development, as well as a smaller pond in the southeast corner of the property as shown on the site plan. Additionally, the condo units will not be able to have basements.

Members from Mr. Leffler’s team listened to the concerns of those in attendance regarding privacy between lots, design of the buildings, siting of the buildings on the lot, traffic concerns and construction traffic. Newport Development will be considering the comments and have stated that they could implement changes to the project’s design, based upon the comments that were received.

The next step in the process will be the submission of a formal application to the Village for building and zoning approvals. According to Mr. Leffler the submission may be by the end of this year.  All meetings that the Village will hold on this development are open to the public and will be noticed on the Village’s website, Facebook page, and Twitter. Please remember to check this web-page follow the Wind Point E-News for updates on this project.

Update: August 28, 2019 

Newport Development will be hosting a neighborhood meeting to present the conceptual design plans for the redevelopment of the Wind Point School property.
The meeting will be held on:
Thursday, October 3 at 6:00 p.m. at The Prairie School, 4050 Lighthouse Drive.
The neighborhood meeting will provide residents an opportunity to receive an introduction to the project’s conceptual plans and for residents to provide feedback and comments regarding the project to the developer.
Newport Development is currently working on final conceptual designs for the property, so design plans are not yet available.

Update: November 1, 2018

Newport Development reports that they continue to make progress on plans for the former Wind Point School property. They have been reviewing infrastructure options and considering market information relative to housing amenities. Once design concepts are ready, Newport Development plans to hold a neighborhood meeting with surrounding residents to gather feedback on options for the site. There is currently no date set for the meeting. More information will be provided on this webpage when available.

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!