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Seminole County reviewing location and worth of its buildings

Seminole County Courthouse
Seminole County Courthouse (Gary W. Green/Orlando Sentinel)

Seminole County has begun a sweeping look at how it uses its buildings, including three choice properties at or near Lake Monroe in Sanford, with the goal of seeing if certain properties are necessary and whether it should consolidate.

The five county commissioners have asked facilities staff to reexamine the county's master plan, which hasn't been reviewed since 2006. It was shelved after then because of the recession. Already appraisals have been ordered for all county-owned buildings and space planning and analysis is underway.

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"We have revived the master plan and instructed staff to determine what is in the best interest of serving residents from a location standpoint and serving staff from a facilities standpoint," said Seminole County Commission Chairman Brenda Carey.

The county owns three prime pieces of property in Sanford, all near or on Lake Monroe, which could become choice locations for future development. The county civil courthouse at 301 N. Park Ave., was built in the 1960s and directly overlooks the water. The County Services building at 1101 E. First St., is a block away from the lake. And the county owns a building on the corner of Park Avenue and E. First St. that contains the engineering, public works, and parks and recreation departments.

Meanwhile, many county facilities are housed off US 17-92 in Sanford, across from the former Flea World that is being turned into a large mixed use development called Reagan Center. That county complex, located in the area known as Five Points, includes the criminal courthouse, public safety operations including the county jail, animal services and the public works department.

"We are looking at the Five Points property to determine what operations would make sense there in the future," Carey said.

Carey emphasized that the master plan analysis has only begun and any decisions would be made after extensive review.

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