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Winter Park-based developer moves ahead with townhome project in Sanford

The planned community will be similar to M/I Homes’ recently completed townhome development in Sanford called White Cedar, depicted in photo.
The planned community will be similar to M/I Homes’ recently completed townhome development in Sanford called White Cedar, depicted in photo.(Henin Group)

Winter Park-based Henin Group is close to scoring final permits for a new townhome community near Lake Monroe in Sanford.

Jerome Henin, a principal at the firm, told GrowthSpotter the company has been fine-tuning development plans over the last couple of months and will soon close on a roughly 20-acre site on the northwest corner of Marbella Lane and Sanford’s West First Street (S.R. 46).

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“St. Johns River Water Management District has been very responsive so that’s a positive,” Henin said. He acknowledges business has been slowing due to the shut down of most public buildings and offices in an effort to stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

Despite that, Henin Group intends to push forward as much as possible. In due time, the company will send out construction bids and select a national homebuilder to partner with, he said.

Highlighted in blue is the roughly 20-acre property under contract to Winter Park-based Henin Group.
Highlighted in blue is the roughly 20-acre property under contract to Winter Park-based Henin Group.(Henin Group)

Property records show the proposed project site is owned by three tenants in common: Robert F. Steele, Jane W. Sozke and David G. White.

Plans for the site call for a 150-unit townhome development with 20-foot-wide lots. Prices will begin in the mid $200,000′s. Y.F. Steve Young with Civil Design Solutions is the civil engineer.

A native of France, Henin said the homes will feature a Mediterranean-themed architectural style similar to ones found in Europe. He draws a comparison to M/I Homesrecently completed townhome development in Sanford called White Cedar.

With a Waterfront Downtown Business District land use designation, the developer could have gone forward with a more dense project.

Henin said he originally envisioned a multifamily community on the property, but changed course after learning about several already in the works nearby. That includes a neighboring 280-unit apartment complex overlooking Lake Monroe being developed by AG Spanos Companies of Stockton, California.

Details on the California-based multifamily developer that's activating land it has left dormant on Sanford's Lake Monroe since 2005.

“I was going to build 300 apartments when I secured this site,” Henin said. “I looked around and too many apartments are being built... I felt like [building expensive apartments] would not be responding to what’s necessary for the community.”

This would be the company’s first townhome community.

Currently, Henin Group is completing a 240-acre master-planned residential community in DeBary called Riviera Bella. Henin told GrowthSpotter there are currently about 400 homes being built and that he intends to add 300 more lots for a total of 700-plus homes.

The developer is also in the midst of finalizing a new single-family home subdivision with 60-foot lots in Tavares, Lake County with local homebuilder Park Square Homes.

Have a tip about Central Florida development? Contact me at arabines@GrowthSpotter.com or (407) 420-5427, or tweet me at @amanda_rabines. Follow GrowthSpotter on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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