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Plan revived for assisted living on Sanford's Marina Island, tear-down of hotel sought

Plan revived for assisted living on Sanford's Marina Island, tear-down of hotel sought
Taken on the northwestern portion of Marina Island in September 2014, this photo includes the old hotel on the waterfront. (Red Huber, Orlando Sentinel)

A Lake Mary developer is moving forward with plans to build an assisted living facility on a prime piece of Sanford real estate, and the project would generate opportunities for demolition and building contractors.

Frank Cerasoli, managing partner of TFA IV LLC, has submitted a proposed site plan to build a 94-unit assisted living facility at 530 N. Palmetto Ave. The site is located in downtown Sanford on the man-made peninsula that juts out into Lake Monroe, known as Marina Island.

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In order to build the 53,864-square-foot, four-story building, Cerasoli also applied for a demolition permit to tear down a 1960s-era, two-story hotel which stands on the location where the assisted living facility would be built.

According to plans filed with the city of Sanford, a contractor for the project has not been selected. The civil engineer is Madden, Moorehead & Glunt of Maitland. The architect is Andrew Sechler of Ocoee. Mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineer is N. "Sam" Ahmad Winter Park. ASE Engineering Services Inc. of Orlando is the structural engineer.

The plans are being reviewed internally by Sanford planning staff. A meeting with the city's development review team could occur by the end of July, before proceeding to the Planning and Zoning Commission in August or September.

Cerasoli bought a long-term lease on the city-owned property in 2006 from a previous leaseholder, and had plans to build an 8-story, 300-unit condo complex on Marina Island. However, a crash in the real estate market delayed those plans and Cerasoli's Planned Development (PD) zoning agreement with the city expired in 2011.

In 2014, Cerasoli approach the city about amending the PD to allow an assisted living facility. Sanford residents organized strong opposition to the change, although the property's zoning allowed for a nursing home. The Sanford City Commission eventually approved a PD agreement allowing the assisted living facility, despite vocal opposition by city residents.

Cerasoli had indicated he would build a hotel in addition to the assisted living facility, however those plants have yet to materialize.

Cerasoli nor his civil engineering firm returned calls seeking comment.

His company has repeatedly been delinquent on paying its property taxes to Seminole County for the Marina Island property in years past, the Orlando Sentinel reported last June.

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