Atlanta-based homebuilder Ashton Woods Homes is under contract to purchase about 22 acres of vacant land in Sanford.
Nick Everly, land entitlement manager for Ashton Woods, and William “Bill’ Burkett of Orlando-based Burkett Engineering Inc. went before the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission last week requesting to amend the approved Ethnos 360 Planned Development at 1701 Celery Ave. by converting the approved 60-foot-wide lot minimum to 40 feet.
Everly told the commission there’s a strong demand for single-family product in the market. He said allowing smaller lots would enable Ashton Woods to provide a more affordable option for home buyers.
Plans call for 118 single-family homes ranging between roughly 1,400 square feet to 2,300 square feet. Features include two-car garages and a neighborhood walking trail that will surround a stormwater management pond.
In 2019, the Ethnos 360 PD Master Plan was approved by the City Commission for 118 single-family homes and 296 multifamily units on 30 acres. A site plan submitted with the proposed PD amendment leaves about 8 acres for future multifamily development.
Property owners, Dan and Gwen Kreider, are missionaries with the evangelical Ethnos360 organization, formerly known as New Tribes Mission. The missionary group owns the neighboring retirement community called The Homes, a private retirement community, at 108 Missions Boulevard which were built as part of the original 70-acre PD.
Commercial real estate firm Millenia Partners is representing the sellers in the deal.
The Planning and Zoning Board voted to approve the PD amendment, which will go before the City Commission next.
Ethnos360 has a long history in the city. The missionary group sold the 94-year-old Mayfair Inn hotel on Lake Monroe to Key Performance Hospitality Management in 2017 for $3.5 million. KPHM is investing $30 million to renovate the shuttered Mediterranean-style building into a 130-room boutique hotel, that’s slated to open this year.
Several transit-oriented communities are underway near Sanford’s SunRail station.
Condev is proposing a mixed-use community with up to 120 senior living units, 840 multifamily units, and entitlements to allow for up to 15,000 square feet of office space and 25,000 square feet of retail and restaurant uses. Tampa-based DeBartolo Development is planning a 288-unit apartment complex on roughly 12.5 acres across the SunRail station.
In Orange County, Ashton Woods is working with Sun Terra Communities on the Northlake at Ovation Planned Development in Village I. The residential community spans 186 acres on the north shore of Lake Star and west of Avalon Road and has approved subdivision plans entitling the property for 385 homes.
Editor’s note: A previous version of the story incorrectly stated the PD amendment did not win approval by Sanford’s Planning and Zoning board.