Sanford City Commissioners are considering a plan to tax property owners with vacant buildings.

Known as a “building preservation licensing program,” the plan would require commercial and residential building owners to maintain a minimum occupancy rate, for example 25% for commercial properties, or face annual licensing fees.

The grass is coming down at Family Dollar says a director in the corporate office.

After writing about the knee-high grass at the store last week (“Family Dollar: Too cheap to cut the grass?”), I spoke with Daryl Presley, the city’s director of community improvement.

The city of Sanford is asking for proposals to purchase and redevelop a city-owned property – and former county jail – in the heart of downtown.

The building recently drew attention when the owners of Lonnie’s Fusion Cuisine expressed interest in purchasing the building to move their Lake Mary restaurant to Sanford (Lake Mary restaurant eyes downtown Sanford).

Expect to see a new Dollar General store popping up at 1113 W. 1st St (GMap).

City of Sanford planning staff are currently reviewing a proposal to build a 7,500 square-foot general retail store at that location. Dollar General is not named as the retailer, but the building size is consistent with the company’s prototype stores. 

The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation 37th Annual Preservation Awards were presented in Miami on May 8, and the city of Sanford two awards.

Presented by the Florida Trust each May in honor of National Preservation Month, Sanford received awards for the Sanford Avenue Streetscape Project in the category of Infill Design, and the Georgetown Heritage Markers and Seat Cubes in the category of Preservation Education/Media.