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Getting to Know Newly Appointed Sanford Mayor Art Woodruff

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Earlier this month, I was afforded the opportunity to chat with newly appointed Sanford Mayor Art Woodruff about a wide range of topics.  As Growth Watch readers know, Sanford is in a constant process of growth and evolution.  Looking towards our future, Mayor Woodruff laid out his perspective on city growth, projects, events, governance, and more. Mayor Woodruff was born...

$55M Lakefront Catalyst Site Project ‘Heritage Park’ Receives Site Plan Approval

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Moves Forward with Development of Three City Blocks in Historic Downtown Sanford Located in the heart of Historic Downtown Sanford abutting beautiful Lake Monroe and the Sanford RiverWalk, Heritage Park is moving forward with their large-scale project poised to help ease the demand for affordable rental units. With proposed plans that include 235 residential units and 37,989 SF of commercial...

Media 1 Acquires 2.9M Warehouse in Sanford’s District One, Brings Jobs

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While the focus of Growth Watch is growth and development primarily in Historic Downtown Sanford, this week I took a field trip to the southern edge of Sanford's District One, where a 30,000 SF, $2.9M warehouse space on Cornwall Road has been acquired by Media 1, a sign and wrap company previously in Longwood, FL that holds as clientele numerous...

Local Interior Designer Amber Clore to Make Appearance on Home Improvement Show ‘Designing Spaces’

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Local interior designer and superstar Amber Clore of A. Clore Interiors will be featured on an episode of Designing Spaces™, an award-winning home improvement show that travels the country to remodel, redecorate and redesign the spaces we call home. The episode will air on Saturday, June 13 at 12pm on Fox35 and again on Sunday June 14 at 1pm on...

Resort-Style Assisted Living Comes to Majestic Lake Monroe in Sanford, FL

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Marina Isle Waterfront Assisted Living Welcomes New Residents, April 2020 This week was the official grand opening of Marina Isle Waterfront Assisted Living Community and it has opened its doors to awaiting new residents. This resort-style assisted living facility boasts gorgeous lakefront views and first-class accommodations for its residents. Located on the shores of beautiful Lake Monroe, Marina Isle Waterfront...

3 Story San Leon Project Poised to Bring Living Units, Retail Shops to Sanford Ave

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Growth Explosion to Continue with Mixed-Use Concept Adjacent to Sanford’s ‘Famous L’ A survivor of the September 22, 1887 fire that ravaged the wooden buildings populating the east side of Sanford, the Hotel San Leon stood on the corner of 2nd St. and Sanford Ave. The hotel occupied the north half of block between 2nd and 3rd Streets, abutting the...

Marina Isle Waterfront Assisted Living on Sanford’s Marina Island Set to Open in New Year

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Construction of Marina Isle Waterfront Assisted Living, located on Sanford’s Marina Island, is reaching its final stage and looks to open its doors to 105 new Sanford residents by January 1, 2020. I recently spoke about the project with two members of the team -- Executive Director of Marina Isle Jody Moll and Vice President of Operations Stacy Hartley from...

Theater West End to Present Musical Adaptation of the 1990 Academy Award-Winning Film ‘Ghost’

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Theater West End is proud to present the musical adaptation of the 1990 Academy Award-winning film Ghost, which follows the love story of Sam (Preston Ellis*) and Molly (Lea Marinelli*). Their romance takes a shocking turn after Sam's untimely death. Trapped between two worlds, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in grave danger. In an attempt...

OIF Hosts Private Film Screening at Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center in Historic Downtown Sanford

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The Orlando Independent Filmmakers will host a private screening and awards ceremony at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center in Historic Downtown Sanford, Florida on June 15 followed by an after party at The Smiling Bison. Thirty three short films in the genre of comedy will be presented by local Filmmakers from Central Florida. The Orlando Independent Filmmakers Bring Comedy...

Project Hollerblock Taking Gemütlichkeit to the Next Level in Historic Downtown Sanford

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Make no mistake about it; while Historic Downtown Sanford has more recently become a burgeoning collective of gastronomic and artisanal culinary delights, it was Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Café that set the tone of Sanford as a destination where craft, authenticity, and entertainment blend together. In 2001, Theo and Linda Hollerbach opened their doors on 1st Street serving up heaping portions...