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KB Home tweaking home designs for new Kissimmee subdivision

KB Home will be the exclusive homebuilder for a new 347-home subdivision on Kissimmee’s Lake Tohopekaliga

Drew Abel, director of land acquisition for KB’s Orlando division, attended the city’s Development Review Committee meeting this week, along with developer Wohlfarth Consulting Group, to review the preliminary plat for Osceola Village Center, a 163-acre mixed-use community on U.S. 17-92. The project is right across from the city’s Lancaster Ranch regional park and will included a segment of the Shingle Creek Regional Trail linking it to downtown’s Lakefront Park.

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Osceola Village Center is approved for 147 single family homes and 200 townhomes, which comprise the first two phases and are under contract to KB Home. Phases 3 and 4 include a 316-unit apartment complex and grocery-anchored retail center.

“We’re doing Phase 1 and 2 together,” Wohlfarth said. “The next phase will either be the multifamily or the retail. We’re talking to three apartment groups now. That could start in July.”

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He said their plan is to clear permitting by February 2020 and start construction soon after. The first housing should start to go vertical by July or August, he told GrowthSpotter.

Wohlfarth said the homebuilder is fine-tuning its designs to comply with the city’s subdivision standards. KB will be offering upgraded home elevations with larger front porches and recessed garages to win city approval for the plat.

“We have about a dozen floorplans, so there’s a good mix of 1- and 2-story homes,” Abel said. “Each has three elevations.”

They’ve also designed the townhomes with longer driveways that can accommodate two parked cars, and with deeper back yards than is typically found in the product type.

“We have big backyards – way bigger than normal,” Wolfarth said.

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