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Highlighted in red are 3.14 acres on Southridge Industrial Drive an owner plans to annex into the City of Tavares for industrial development.
Highlighted in red are 3.14 acres on Southridge Industrial Drive an owner plans to annex into the City of Tavares for industrial development. (Lake County Property Appraiser)

Lake County entrepreneurs interested in starter space for new industrial businesses should have a new option in Tavares soon.

Audie Newman, owner of Vision Conveyor in Tavares, is looking to annex 3.14 acres across the street from his business on Southridge Industrial Drive into the city of Tavares with Industrial zoning. Then he has plans to install six pre-built metal industrial buildings on the land, each to average about 5,000 square feet.

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Newman then plans to sell the buildings to businesses. He has not yet set an asking price.

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"They are going to be for whomever has got some money and wants to start a business or bring a business into Tavares," Newman told GrowthSpotter on Monday. "This is key to our area, to get some employment started. They might only hire two or three people at first" But then would grow, he added.

Newman also sees the land development as an opportunity to attract more workers already skilled in manufacturing, and to create more manufacturing venues for training of the next generation.

"We need to train our folks and get them skilled," Newman said.

"I've been in business here since 1990 and I understand the need for the buildings for us smaller companies," he said. "And Tavares seems to be wanting that [type of business]. A lot of cities say they are, but when it comes through to really do it you have to jump through so many hoops."

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Newman already has some prospective buyers lined up for some of the industrial spaces, he said. He might keep one of the spaces for himself for overflow from Vision Conveyor.

Ted Wicks, of Wicks Engineering Services, is assisting Newman with annexation and civil engineering plans for the development. Newman plans to order the modular buildings, to be built in Georgia and assembled on site, from a manufacturer he has done business with before.

"There are people I know who need these [sized buildings] and there are few in the area to choose from," he said.

The City of Tavares will first hear the zoning and annexation requests at a Planning and Zoning meeting on Oct. 20.

Teresa Burney can be reached at 352-455-1955 or at Teresaburney4@gmail.com. Follow GrowthSpotter on FacebookTwitterand LinkedIn.

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