A developer plans to move a 95-year-old train car and 16 shipping containers into downtown Sanford for a new dining and shopping complex.
DeLand builder Mitch Menaker said he has purchased the 1923 train car and has a deal for a lease on a 9,000-square-foot parking lot. Construction could start on the project in spring and be finished in summer.
"There is a lot going on in Sanford, and we want this to be a destination location," Menaker said. "For the containers, we're looking for unique food, art, a coffee shop, flowers or some other kind of unique retail concepts that would keep customers within the area."
Menaker is also contemplating a train depot entrance to the park. He is looking at possibly relocating an original train depot from Oklahoma, or building a new building to look like a historic structure.