An Apopka-area family with a long history in the trucking business is looking to transition with commercial real estate, and plans to build out a 38-acre industrial commerce park its company has long occupied.
Located at 1350 Sheeler Ave., just off the intersection with S. Apopka Boulevard, 21 acres of the property dubbed "Apopka Business Complex" border a rail line, and currently hosts 10 small industrial buildings and a greenhouse that date from 1967 to 1998. An adjacent 17.4 acres are also used for open-air storage.
Long-time tenants on the property include boat repair business Kinetic Mobile Marine Services, ice skating rink rental company Magic Ice USA, construction supplier United Pipe & Steel, plant-based artmaker LiveTrends, and live plant shipping agent Brown's Tropical Plant Carriers, a business owned by the Brown and Roche families that own the land through Little Brownie Properties Inc.
A new 30,050-square-foot flex industrial building is now proposed for the southeastern boundary, the first step by ownership to build out the property into a legitimate industrial commerce park, said David Boers, president with William Edward Construction, general contractor and developer for the project.
"As of now we will have 12 office-warehouse suites of 2,500 square feet in that building, and I think (the land owner) has a few verbal commitments," he told GrowthSpotter. "We'd be open to adjusting it to fit larger tenants."
Planned as a metal building with stucco exterior, total project cost is currently estimated near $1.75 million, Boers said.
"This is the start of their long-term goals, which involve developing the adjacent property and making this area an industrial commerce park," he continued. "This site has been used for trucking, packaging, and a lot of everything over the years, which is one of the challenges we're now coming up against."
The developer went before Apopka's Development Review Committee on Jan. 17, the latest in a few months of back and forth with city staff. Apopka is asking new development applicants like Boers to ensure existing buildings on site meet new code and ordinances, which is delaying the project.
The property also lies directly south of an Apopka-based manufacturer of concrete and rebar supplies for construction, which filed plans last fall to double its warehouse footprint.