Winter Park to sell Comstock Ave land, suitable for 3 townhomes

Highlighted in blue is the 0.45-acre parcel at 301 W. Comstock Ave., two blocks south of W. New England Avenue.
Highlighted in blue is the 0.45-acre parcel at 301 W. Comstock Ave., two blocks south of W. New England Avenue. (Orange County Property Appraiser)

Winter Park continues to chip away at its list of public properties that could be sold or developed, with city commissioners agreeing this week to list a 0.45-acre parcel near downtown for sale that could accommodate a handful of homes.

Located at 301 W. Comstock Ave., the property is zoned PQP and surrounded by residential properties. Formerly known as the Blake Yard site, it used to house electric utilities equipment until nice new townhomes starting being built around it, prompting the city to relocate its storage yard.


Commissioners instructed staff on Monday to issue a Notice of Disposal (NOD) to sell the property, said Jeff Briggs, city planner.

420 acres across 150-plus city-owned parcels will be examined by commissioners next week, as the city considers future sale, development and new acquisitions.

"We talked of making it a park or a parking lot, but commissioners decided they want to sell the property," he said. "Future development must be compatible with the townhomes and single family homes next door, so the commission talked of establishing the same R-2 zoning that permits townhomes. Based on that, and the parcel size, development potential would be three townhomes there."

After advertising in recent months to hire a real estate brokerage firm to help move its public land, Winter Park has tentatively selected the Orlando office of CBRE, Briggs said. A contract hasn't been finalized with the firm, and the selection will be on the city commission's July 11 agenda for approval.

The property is close to Winter Park's downtown, but also borders the train tracks. Winter Park has approved a quiet zone for the railroad and has the funding budgeted, but will require two years to get the city's 17 lane crossings with train tracks reconfigured, before a quiet zone can be implemented.

The city is also closer to selling a 0.45-acre parcel at 2600 Lee Road, a former adult entertainment store it bought in January 2015 for $990,000 and since demolished.

The property is under contract for $830,000 to Nagi Youssef, who has floated plans of building a medical use building, Briggs said. The sale is expected to close in 90 days.

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