Growth Watch

The Sanford Civic Center – City Awaits Assessment on Viability of Refurbishing Mid-Century Modern Structure

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Amid a rising tide of new development in Historic Downtown Sanford, the Sanford Civic Center has been a topic of great discussion, revolving around one central question. Is it time to replace this Mid-Century Modern building, or can it be brought into modernity? In early July, the City of Sanford was notified by the Department of State’s Division of Historical...

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...

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...

Sanford’s Historic Golf Course – Today, Yesterday, and Tomorrow

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Mayfair Country Club, owned by the City of Sanford, is historic Sanford’s only golf course and one of the oldest courses built in the state of Florida. In advance of the historic centennial anniversary of the golf course in 2022, the City of Sanford is planning renovations, as well as establishing a non-profit board to oversee operations.

Brix & Mortar Urban Winery Poised to be Sanford’s First Wine Producer

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Craft Explosion to Continue with Upscale Venue in Historic Downtown Sanford’s ‘Famous L’ For Daniel Valentine, wine is a family business. A local Central Floridian who attended University High School and the University of Central Florida, Valentine relocated to Wimberley, Texas in 2006, where over the last 13 years he has worked and learned the business at his father’s winery,...

Executive Cigar Shop & Lounge Continues Growth of ‘Cigar Scene’ in Historic Downtown Sanford

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Seminole County local Alex Setzer was having lunch at the famed Sanford restaurant Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Café last year with business partner Tom Darnell, where the two quickly discovered they both had a similar vision of bringing a high end cigar lounge to our rapidly expanding downtown scene. “I have fallen in love with Historic Downtown Sanford over the last...

Dees Brothers Brewery to Expand Historic Downtown Sanford’s Prominent Craft Scene

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Sixth Craft Brewery to Keep Sanford’s Scene Hoppin! Benjamin and Michael Dees - the Dees Brothers - are excited to join the craft beer party in Historic Downtown Sanford. In December of 2018, after receiving the green light for build out of brewery operations from the City of Sanford, the brothers purchased the 1919 building located at 210 Magnolia Ave....

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...