The Jon M. Hall Co. has been one of the busiest site preparation firms in Central Florida in recent years, boasting projects such as the $85 million mixed-use Gardens on Millenia near The Mall at Millenia, and the $41.5 million Orlando Police Department headquarters.
But even as the Seminole County-based company expanded its operations, opening a branch office in Daytona Beach two years ago, Hall has continued to operate out of rented space in a Longwood office condo. That's about to change.
"We've been leasing our current office space for the last 14 to 15 years," majority owner Jon Hall told GrowthSpotter. "We are ready to invest in our own property and try to get our shop and maintenance facility and office staff together, so everybody is in one area."
Hall plans to build a new 20,000-square-foot headquarters building at 800 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., near busy S.R. 417 at the edge of Sanford. The building will have 6,000 square feet dedicated to a shop for company vehicle and tool maintenance.
At the front of the property, Hall said he's planning a 20,000-square-foot, flex-industrial building with room for multiple tenants. That will leave plenty of room for future expansion on the 7.8-acre property.
"We've been growing pretty heavily over the last several years. This year we're projecting 20 percent growth," he said. "We are overbuilding so we have room to fill in with new offices. And we're leaving a 6,000-square-foot footprint that gives us the ability to add 12,000 square feet of office."
The growth will enable the company to hire 50 to 70 new permanent employees, Hall said.
Jon M. Hall Co. paid $1.11 million for the 7.8-acre property through affiliate HCME LLC, according to a deed signed April 11 and recorded a week later in Seminole County.
The sellers were two entities that owned different pieces of the property: Alan Dean Shoemaker,a trustee, sold 6.5 acres for $990,000. Lars Eriksson, the owner of the remaining 1.3-acre parcel, gifted the property to Austin Peay State University in Tennessee, which received the $120,000 proceeds. Jason G. Toll, director of industrial services at NAI Realvest, negotiated the deals.
Hall estimated it will cost around $1.8 million to develop the property, in addition to the cost of the land. The company is now working with Sanford to annex the property into the city and rezone it from agricultural use to Planned Development.
"Right now, we're hoping to start site preparation in October," he said. "We hope to have building permits by December and … be moving in by end of December 2019."
Hall said he is talking to several general contractors to handle vertical construction but hasn't made a choice yet.
At less than 40 years old, Hall is running the business his father started in 1974. Though his company's list of multi-million-dollar projects is impressive, Hall said he has much bigger dreams.
"Over this year and beyond we're going to be focusing on growth," he said. "Both organically but also geographically through acquisition, throughout the I-4 corridor from Jacksonville to Tampa and down the I-95 corridor to Indian River County."