International airline Interjet (website) plans to begin scheduled service between Sanford and Mexico City starting April 21.

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It’s been a while since we’ve heard from our friends at Inner Compass Brewing Co. (website | Facebook)

Dylan and Samantha Bashore have slowly been making progress on the future home of their brewery, which will be located at 300 E. 2nd St. (gmap) Old-timers will remember the place as Sanford baseball legend Buddy Lake’s gas station.

A Sanford apartment complex recently sold for $59 million, one of the largest sales in Central Florida this year.

Elan Towne Center apartments off Rinehart Road and St Johns Parkway was purchased by Miami-based Solstice Loop Holdings LLC, in a deal that was closed Aug. 13.

Throughout its history, Sanford has been a town of full of colorful characters, even by Florida standards.

There’s W.J. Hill, an Englishman who lived in a packing crate on the banks of Lake Monroe when he moved to Sanford in 1872. He went on to build an empire in the hardware business.

The developer behind a possible redevelopment of Sanford’s old train depot says he is “very positive about the city of Sanford,” and hopes to bring the project before a city board in October.

I reported last week that the train depot could be turned into an indoor food market. LINK

Since that time, I spoke directly to the gentleman undertaking the project. He asked not to be named at this time. I can tell you this, he is a Deberry resident with a business background, he currently has a retail shop on Park Avenue in Winter Park and he tried to buy Sanford’s iconic PICO Building three years ago. The name of The Sanford project is Bohemian Marketplace.

He confirmed that the project would be similar to the East End Market in Audubon Park in Orlando – an indoor food bazaar – with one big difference: Sanford’s market will have much more non-food related retail.

“You have to give people a reason to be there, ” the gentleman said. “At markets like the East End you go in for some coffee or some bread, but there’s nothing to keep you there for any time.”

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.