Years of waiting are finally paying off for developer and plumbing contractor Robert Maksimowicz in his quest to assemble and develop 10 acres on Sanford’s West First Street.
From one small 0.54 acres parcel he bought in 2005, Maksimowicz was able to assemble just over 10 acres with four additional purchases over subsequent years. On Sept. 10, the Sanford City Commission approved consolidating the five parcels into the revised Seminole Business Center II Planned Development at 3980 W. First Street (State Road 46).
“I had a little half acre 10 years ago,” Maksimowicz told GrowthSpotter. “I had been waiting on that (previous) project. I was going to work with the developer that was developing that. But it went back to the bank, so I bought it.”
The 10-acre PD forms a rectangle bordered by West First Street in the south, Narcissus Avenue in the north, Old England Avenue on the east and Monroe Road, 635 feet to the west. The PD underlying land use is Westside Industry & Commerce, which allows commercial, office, retail and industrial.
Maksimowicz said he plans to build more than 100,000 square feet of office-industrial and 24,000 square feet of retail along the development’s 300 feet of frontage on West First Street.
His next step is to submit engineering plans to the city. Burkett Engineering of Orlando is civil engineer on the project. Maksimowicz said he doesn’t expect to start construction for another six months.
Seminole Property Appraiser records show Maksimowicz paid a total of $1,207,500 for the five parcels making up the PD. The largest parcel, 7.86 acres, was purchased for $875,000 from several banks, including Orlando National Bank.
Utilities, including water and sewer, are already in place, Maksimowicz said, and the St. Johns Water Management District has approved a permit for drainage and water management on the property.
Maksimowicz said he plans to have five office or warehouse buildings in the rear of the property and two to four buildings for retail or commercial along West First Street.
“We’re doing it in phases; build two buildings at a time,” he said. “It will take maybe two years to build it all out. It depends on the market.”
Maksimowicz developed Upsala Business Park in Sanford, a business-office property with 13 buildings on 15 acres. That development took 10 years, he said.