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Sanford church that just spent $2.75M to move wants to spend $1M more

A church that recently moved from one location in Sanford to bigger quarters in another part of the city is thinking about even more expansion.

The City Church of Orlando wants to build a 12,800-square-foot pre-school/elementary school at its new parish, a project that will cost about $1 million.

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In addition to creating an educational building, the church has to dismantle a trailer that currently occupies the spot.

City Church of Orlando wants to dive into a project at its new quarters, adding an educational building in the northern part of the property.
City Church of Orlando wants to dive into a project at its new quarters, adding an educational building in the northern part of the property. (Sonlight Construction)

The church has already spend $2.75 million on its new home at 1691 S. Orange Blvd., northeast of the Serene Cove intersection.

The relocation was undertaken to accommodate the congregation's growth, church members said.

The church's new 20,000-square-foot location on 12 acres is significantly larger than the 12,000 square-foot, 4-acre site it relocated from in August. That site, at 650 E. Airport Blvd., is in the midst of being sold, with representatives declining to provide an offering price.

The 650 E. Airport Blvd. site was last sold in 2004 to a church agent, the Peninsular Florida District Council of the Assemblies of God, for $993,000, by Page Private School. It was formally transferred to the City Church of Orlando in 2008 for $100.

The City Church is asking Seminole County planners for a special exemption to move the trailer and begin construction of the educational facility.

Phil Bland of Sonlight Construction, who would head the project, said the church would like to start as soon as possible, with the project expected to take six to eight months.

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