Former NFL teammates reunite to buy Horizon West land entitled for retail

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Two former members of the Chicago Bears football team have reunited to purchase a vacant lot in Horizon West's Village F, entitled for 20,000 square feet of neighborhood retail amid a sea of future home lots. 

Corey Graham and Devin Hester, who played together for the Bears from 2007 to 2011, paid $2.625 million for the 2.5-acre parcel at 8810 Seidel Road, according to a deed recorded Wednesday in Orange County. In a salute to their playing days with the Bears, the duo purchased the property through a limited liability company called Monsters of Midway Properties

Representatives of Graham and Hester could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.

The seller was Seidel Holdings LLC, an affiliate of Developco Inc., a real estate company headed by president Aamir Waheed. Seidel Holdings bought the property for $950,000 in April 2017, according to county records.

Set between Murcott Blossom Boulevard and Larkspur Lake Drive, the land lies within Village F of Horizon West and fronts Pulte's Lakeview Pointe development. It's 1.5 miles from the S.R. 429 and less than five miles from the Hamlin Town Center now under construction, with other future subdivisions planned by Park Square Homes, Toll Brother and Meritage Homes nearby.

The parcel is approved for a small commercial center with 20,000 square feet of neighborhood retail uses, and has 400 feet of frontage on Seidel Road. The asking price for the land was $2.795 million.

No new development filings have been made for the property as of Wednesday, according to Orange County records. 

Hester, 35, played his college ball at the University of Miami. He was drafted by the Bears in the second round of the 2006 NFL draft.

Originally drafted as a cornerback, Hester made an immediate impact as a kick returner, and later became one of the Bears’ starting receivers. He holds NFL records for most all-time return touchdowns (punt and kickoff) and most all-time punt return TDs. Regarded by many as one of the best return specialists in NFL history, he was the first player to return an opening kick of the Super Bowl for a touchdown in February 2007. 

Hester also played for the Atlanta Falcons from 2014-15, and for the Baltimore Ravens in 2016.

Corey Graham, 32, was drafted by the Bears in the fifth round of the 2007 draft out of the University of New Hampshire. He was a pro-bowler in 2011 and played on two Super Bowl teams, for the Ravens in February 2013 and this year with the Philadelphia Eagles. He also played for the Buffalo Bills from 2014-16.

Graham is a free agent, but is anticipated to resign with the Eagles. 

Melissa Rodriguez, a Realtor with Premier Realty Partners who represented the sellers in the transaction, also did not respond to requests for comment. 

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