Action Church pays $1.17M for former private school property in Sanford

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Action Church paid for $1.17 million earlier this month for its third church site in Seminole County, buying the former City Church Academy in Sanford. 

The former private church school at 650 E. Airport Blvd. will give Action Church will be the first property owned by the church, which until now has operated two other locations in rented space at Winter Springs High School and Hagerty High School in Oviedo.

The deal closed on June 5 and was recorded June 15 in Seminole County.

The church, which was founded in Seminole County three-and-a-half years ago, now tops 2,000 people in combined Sunday attendance in Winter Springs and Oviedo, Pastor Justin Dailey told GrowthSpotter.Dailey said the new church, called Action-Sanford, will be about more than increasing Sunday attendance. 

“We’re hoping we’re going to be a catalyst for that community,” Dailey said. “Pine Crest Elementary is one of the only F schools in Seminole County. With that third location, we’ll really be able to help those kids in that elementary school.”

The help will include providing uniforms for the Pinecrest students, as well as mentoring and after-school tutoring.

The new church will open Aug. 13. Extensive renovations are underway on four buildings on the property which total nearly 27,000 square feet, and were built between 1959 and 1962.

“We’re doing a lot of internal rehab: new AC units, new roofing, new carpet and paint,” Dailey said. “They’re 60-year-old buildings and need modernizing.

"But the structures are in remarkably good shape externally," he continued. "We’ll do moderate rehabilitation on the outside but a lot of new things are going on inside the buildings.” 

DACG Inc., an Altamonte Springs-based construction company, is handling the rehab work now underway. DACG executives Heather and Jamie McCandless attend Action Church in Oviedo, Dailey said.

In advance of the opening date, Action Church is holding block parties and meeting with members of the community, he added.

“One of our big initiatives there is not just Sunday service but serving the community’s needs,” Dailey said. “We exist to reach out and connect people. We reach out with the love of Jesus and connect them to everything God has for their lives.”

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