Seminole County should soon be in the market for a general contractor and host of subcontractors to help make a recently-purchased piece of land ready to serve as a transfer station for solid waste.
The 11-acre property, located at 2925 N. Highway 17-92, was formerly a David Maus Toyota dealership that closed a number of years ago when the business relocated to Rinehart Road.
The county already operates an 18-acre transfer station directly east of the newly-acquired parcel, off S.R. 419 just south of 17-92. Transfer stations are where garbage trucks deposit their collection until it can be transported again by larger trucks to landfills or processing plants.
The county decided last year to look into purchasing the demised dealership, which was originally priced at $5 million. Negotiations with owners Sameer and Kristy Asfoor, operating through the LLC Ramy Properties, brought the price down to $3.75 million for sale to the county, property records show.
The land was paid for with solid waste reserve funds, Carol Hunter, director of environmental services, told GrowthSpotter on Friday. The county is now getting a feel for the property and what can be done with it, she added.
Hunter expects the county will be bidding out construction, demolition, roadway improvements, lighting and other tasks to demolish the main dealership building and others that are on the property.
Part of the new site will be used to improve traffic flow, because it will allow heavy trucks to exit onto 17-92 that currently use S.R. 419 and create traffic and safety issues, Hunter said.