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In the mid-1940s, Adolph Ansay, a resident and insurance agency owner in Belgium, Wisconsin, a small, tight-knit community in Ozaukee County, hung up the “OPEN FOR BUSINESS” sign for the Ansay Development Corporation. Adolph always cherished the beauty and resources of this area along Lake Michigan and the hard-working people that made it their home.

A large number of Adolph’s insurance clients were the families that owned and operated the farms throughout this rural area. For many of these families, Adolph became a trusted business advisor because they knew he shared their passion and commitment to preserving the resources and beauty of their farmland. When the time came for many of these families to sell their farms, they would only consider selling their cherished land to Adolph.

It was these relationships and opportunities that allowed Adolph to begin investing in land throughout Belgium and other surrounding communities of Ozaukee County. Adolph saw his investment as an important way to preserve the rich farming heritage so critical to supporting local families and the area’s economy. With fresh memories of the hardships experienced during the Great Depression of the 1930s, Adolph was often heard saying, “The best investment you can make is buying land in Ozaukee County because you will never go hungry if you own farmland.”

As a part of Adolph’s legacy, his children continued to build on their father’s commitment to the people and land in Ozaukee County. Their first significant real-estate investment was to revitalize the Port Washington harbor in the location of an abandoned wholesale fish business on the shores of Lake Michigan. The Ansays worked in conjunction with the city of Port Washington to create a unique destination that built on the natural splendor of the harbor’s lakeshore. This development is now known as Harbor Square, a beautiful commercial and residential building adjacent to a public pedestrian walking path in the heart of Port Washington. 

Today, Ansay Development Corporation is managed by the third generation of the Ansay family. While times have changed significantly since Adolph started the company, we remain committed to his sincere desire to build lasting relationships in all that we do.

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