Historic Downtown Sanford, located in the heart of Lee County at the Southern base of the Research Triangle Region, blends the best of small-town life with high-tech industry to produce a Well Centered place to live, work and play.

Featuring six major business clusters and boasting several businesses 30 years and older, Downtown Sanford sees customer traffic from early morning to late in the evening. Antiques and furniture; artists and craftsmen; a regional theatre and children’s performing arts; automotive parts and services; financial and professional services and local restaurants and retailers draw customers from across Lee County and the region.

Downtown is adjacent to the local hospital and medical offices district and sits on either side of the main thoroughfare through Sanford. Soon, the former Buggy Factory will be home to the Sanford Area Growth Alliance, Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce, DSI and a number of city and county employees. This office will serve as a one-stop-shop for anyone interested in starting or expanding a business in Lee County and is sure to drive significantly more traffic to Downtown.

Currently, Downtown Sanford is experiencing a major revitalization through the Streetscape Project.  Already, this public investment is spurring many business and property owners to start spending private dollars on improvements to their own storefronts.

Downtown Sanford is a vibrant economic engine for the City of Sanford. A place to do business where you’ll know your neighbors and be treated like part of the family. You’ll find beautiful, historic buildings, great rent and a support system in DSI. Come get Well Centered in Downtown Sanford.



Distances From Major Cities:

Raleigh, NC 38 miles
Charlotte, NC 96 miles
Richmond, VA 172 miles
Norfolk, VA 187 miles
Washington, DC 266 miles
Atlanta, GA 318 miles


Highways: Two major state highways run through downtown, HWY 15/501 and HWY 421.

Sanford-Lee County Regional Airport

Designated as a reliever for Raleigh/Durham International, the Sanford-Lee County Regional Airport serves corporate pilots from the rich manufacturing base in Sanford, offering a less-crowded alternative. The full-service airport features a 6,500-by-100-foot runway with parallel taxiway and a weight capacity of 80,000 pounds. The airport has full lighting, signage and an automatic weather observation system, instrument landing system, nondirectional beacon, and ground communicator outlet. Hangars host aircraft from corporate jets to recreational planes.