An equine veterinary practice in Sanford is being proposed as the site for a townhouse project with as many as 100 units.
Central Florida Equine Hospital, on five acres off S. Orange Avenue right near S.R. 46 and Interstate 4, along with a two-acre residential property adjacent to it, are planned to be combined to create a single property.
The project was born, in part, from the development going on in the area — Taylor Morrison has two residential developments being built across the street, and theWekiva Parkway is expanding into the area.
Envisioned are roughly 10 buildings to contain the townhouses, a type of residence that is becoming more popular with builders now that land in Seminole County is becoming scarce.
The properties would be put together by DeHaven Batchelor, owner of Central Florida Equine Hospital, and Richard and Linda Nation, who own the property next to his.
Batchelor bought his land in 2004 for $560,000, according to property records. The Nations paid $269,000 in 2011 for their land.
Central Florida Equine Hospital provides general health and wellness, emergency services, dentistry, sports medicine and diagnostic services for horses, per its website.
The asking price for the parcels is $450,000 an acre, or $3.15 million. Batchelor and the Nations did not respond to requests for comment.
Right now, the owners are talking with Seminole County planners about density issues.
The land is zoned Agricultural, which allows four residences for every acre. Being sought is a Planned Development designation that would allow the density of the townhomes.
The owners are also speaking with a number of developers about purchasing the land and doing the subsequent building, said Christopher Fojo, the broker from Sperry Van Ness who is representing them.
There is interest from the builder community, Fojo said, though he declined to elaborate.
The type of townhomes that would be built would depend on the developer. Once a purchase was made, building could start within a year — as long as the density issues are taken care of — and be complete roughly a year after the start, Fojo said.