If I drank a shot of whiskey every time someone told me in recent weeks that Trader Joe’s is coming to Lake Mary … well it wouldn’t be pretty.

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Monday night the Sanford City Commission selected Torre Companies (Torre) as its partner to lead a $55 million redevelopment project that could change the face of downtown.

A conceptual drawing of a proposed indoor market at Sanford's old train  with additional space provided by old shipping containers and railroad cars. Photo credit: ILuv Winter Park (posted on the site's Swarm account)
A conceptual drawing of a proposed indoor market at Sanford’s old train with additional space provided by old shipping containers and railroad cars. Photo credit: ILuv Winter Park (posted on the site’s Swarm account)

Downtown Sanford may soon be getting a new development … and, no, I’m not talking about Marina Island.

According ILuv Winter Park‘s Facebook page, as well as my sources here in Sanford, the old train depot located at 212 W. 1st St. (Corner of North Myrtle Avenue and 1st Street) could be the site of a trendy new retail experience.

By Dan Ping

Paulii Buster has invested tens of thousands of dollars to turn a vacate space on Sanford Avenue into a sleek, modern Belgium beer pub that regularly draws customers from outside of Sanford — including players from the Orlando City Soccer Club.

When the city of Sanford’s Downtown Waterfront Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) announced it would spend $2.5 million to reconstruct Sanford Avenue to upgrade utilities, widen sidewalks, and enhance lighting and landscaping, Buster knew his business, Buster’s Bistro, would suffer and he made plans to mitigate the construction.

He never thought the work would virtually shut off access to his pub.

By Dan Ping

Food and ice cream vendors may be barred from the north side of Fort Mellon Park in a proposal under consideration by the Sanford City Commission.

In a memo outlining options to increase pedestrian safety around Fort Mellon Park, city staffer Marc Hultin recommends Sanford prohibit mobile food vendors from locating along Seminole Boulevard between Sanford and San Juan avenues.