"Seminole County has been largely built out," Harris said. "Forty or more acres of land in the Longwood area could be incredibly valuable."
The Seminole County Property Appraiser puts the property's just market value at $1.2 million, but that figure is used for tax considerations.
The land, on the south side of W. Lake Brantley Road at Westwood Drive, looked like it was on its way for Hovnanian, which had applied to Seminole County and received approval for a rezoning from Planned Development to Low Density Residential.
Engineering designs of how the community would look were on file, application fees paid, and comments issued by county staff were being addressed.
Brantley Nurseries has been at the site since 1984, opened by the sons of Paul Klinger, Sr. Each son had worked at the parent company, Garden Arts Nursery, which was started in 1960.
The company provides ground covers, shrubs, trees and palms and topiary material to commercial landscape contractors, garden centers and retail nurseries.
Brantley Nurseries also operates a 25-acre outlet in Winter Garden and a 75-acre facility in Center Hill in Sumter County. There have been no indications those properties are for sale.