Quick takes — Ace Hardware’s possible move; Art studio eyes Aulin Avenue

Oviedo Ace Hardware wants to change locations

Ace Hardware wants to move a few blocks down the road from their current location in the plaza on the northeast corner of Central Avenue and Broadway Street, to a 2-acre property on the northeast corner of Central Avenue and Franklin Street.

Oviedo’s Local Planning Agency board approved the retailer’s request to rezone their desired location from office/commercial to mixed-use Historic Downtown District Perimeter on June 7. The final decision will rest with the Oviedo City Council.

The project’s consultant, Brent Lenzen, said the store wants to move because of future plans to redevelop the shopping center they’re in now.

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“We really want to stay in Oviedo,” Lenzen told the board.

LPA board member David Pollack said he was pleased to hear that the store wanted to stay in the city.

“There’s nothing that feels like a community hardware store other than that Ace, so I’m happy to keep them local,” he said.

Possible artist studio on Aulin Avenue

Image courtesy of the city of Oviedo.

A local engineer got the OK from the Oviedo Local Planning Agency board to rezone about a half an acre on Aulin Avenue, just north of Oviedo Mall Boulevard, from residential to residential/professional office on June 7.

The developer, Kevin Curley of Curley Engineering, LLC, told the board that he plans to build an office/art studio on the wooded land between two single-family homes.

Two homeowners who live next to the subject property attended the meeting to ask what they should expect from this development.

Jon Conrad, 60, said he’s lived in Oviedo for five years and plans to stay in his home for the rest of his life with his wife. With the increased density proposed for that area [east of the Oviedo Mall] in the city’s proposed 25-year plan, he expects much of Aulin Avenue to eventually be dotted with businesses. He’s happy that his possible neighbor will be an office and not a bar or restaurant that stays open late into the night.

“As the college [University of Central Florida] gets bigger, there’s more and more businesses, which I like. It’s good for my property value,” he said.

The proposal must now go before the Oviedo City Council for approval.

Watch the full LPA meeting here: 

About the LPA
The LPA board “considers applications for comprehensive plan amendments, land development code amendments, zoning map amendments, deviations to land development code standards associated with the building permit applications, special exception use orders, preliminary subdivision plans, planned unit developments, master land use plans and development agreements”, according to the City of Oviedo website. Many of the items that are considered by the Oviedo City Council are first reviewed by the LPA.

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