Local general contractor Axios Construction Services is ready to break ground next month on a new headquarters office building with retail lease potential in Casselberry after a year-long delay.
Axios has received its permits to start vertical construction on a two-story, 27,000-square-foot building at the corner of U.S. 17 and S.R. 436, according to Xavier Velez, company operations manager. Groundbreaking is scheduled for Aug. 1 with a 12-month construction timeline estimated to follow.
About half the new building’s floor space will serve as Axios’ new headquarters. Velez said the company hopes to lease the ground floor to several health-oriented businesses such as a gym, rehab clinic, holistic pharmacy or physician’s office.
“That’s the focus of the building … promoting sustainable success,” Velez told GrowthSpotter. “We wanted it to be one-stop shopping for the community so you’re not having to go to eight different places.”
Axios now operates out of an office building on the site at 2905 Lakeview Dr. They will continue to do business in the existing building until the new one is finished, with demolition of the old to follow.
The company’s plans for the building are more than a year old. The project encountered several hurdles, including the time it took to piece together 1.83 acres with 10 parcels, some of which was surplus land once owned by the Florida Department of Transportation.
The project also was challenged by a lack of public sewer near the site. Velez said the company is installing a force main to run 1,000 feet to tie into Seminole County’s sewage system. The city of Casselberry is reimbursing the company for the force main.
Another delaying factor is the refusal, so far, of Duke Power to vacate a utility easement. Velez said the company had to redesign the building to make it smaller due to cramping of the easement.
Velez said the Casselberry officials, including development services manager Emily Hanna, helped the company through a difficult approval process.
“It has been a great experience to work with Emily and her team at the City of Casselberry,” Velez said.
Axios will serve as its own general contractor on the project, Velez said, and will finance and market it. She said she was not sure whether they would handle demolition or hire a separate contractor.