The Sanford-Lee County Planning Department’s Technical Review Committee will consider proposals later this month for the planned development of the downtown agricultural marketplace and the new Lee County Library on Bragg Street, according to an agenda for the Nov. 30 meeting.

The marketplace, to be housed in the old King Heating, Roofing and Air building in downtown Sanford on Charlotte Avenue next to the old City Hall building, will serve as a multi-functional space for not just the downtown farmer’s market but also civic events and gatherings including 4-H meetings, farmer education courses, a food donation hub and bi-lingual classes on food safety, budget planning and cooking.

An artist’s rendering of the redeveloped Sanford Agricultural Marketplace. Source: Sanford-Lee County Planning Documents

The new library will replace the current facility on Hawkins Avenue and be located at 1418 Bragg St., between the State Employees Credit Union and O.T. Sloan Park. Approved by Lee County Commissioners in 2021, the facility is expected to spread out over more than 33,000 square feet. See full details about the project here.

An artist’s rendering of the new library project. Source: Lee County Government

In addition to the agricultural marketplace and the library, the committee will review proposals for a subdivision consisting of single family homes and townhomes at 1509 Carthage St., a townhome community with garage and driveway parking on Center Church Road between the Food Lion and Tramway Elementary School, a 16,500 square foot expansion of the Caterpillar building at 5000 Womack Road, and a proposed 8,400 square foot warehouse/office space for Metal Impressions at 3313 Hawkins Ave.

The Technical Review Committee is comprised of local officials from various city and county government entities representing Sanford, Lee County and Broadway. The committee meets monthly to review commercial projects and major subdivisions for compliance with the codes and policies of various local departments. Committee members make no guarantee that the projects submitted for review will be developed — only that they fall under compliance.