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Plans in motion to bring 2,000 apartments and commercial uses to Tupperware SunRail station area

O'Connor Capital Partners is seeking to revise the Tupperware Heights PD on the Orange-Osceola county line to create three lots that will be marketed and sold seperately.

As transit-oriented development continues to pop up around the Tupperware SunRail station in Kissimmee —including a number of new apartment communities— the owner of roughly 400 acres around the company’s eight-building campus is prepping for more residential and commercial growth to the north on the other side of the Osceola County line.

O’Connor Capital Partners, which acquired the sweeping stretch of land between Orange Avenue and Orange Blossom Trail from Tupperware in 2020 for $87 million, is now seeking to change entitlements for a 202-acre section in Orange County within the Tupperware Heights Planned Development to allow for as many as 1,354 multifamily residential units and 263,480 square feet of office and commercial space. The developer also has filed preliminary plans for another 750 apartments just south of the county line, in the Osceola Corporate Center PD.

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The projects would straddle the county line north and south of Mary Louis Lane. An application submitted to Orange County by Abdul Alkadry with Harris Civil Engineers is also requesting to remove the previously approved entitlements for 200 age-restricted units and scale back the current commercial designation, which exceeds 900,000 square feet.

The property, a quarter-mile north of the Tupperware SunRail station, has garnered a lot of interest from developers ready to take advantage of the location, Peter Bergner, the development director with O’Conner Capital told GrowthSpotter.

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Proximity to transit and to the Orlando Health campus is driving demand for development sites near the Tupperware SunRail station.

“It’s a desirable piece,” he said. “We want to get approval to try and sell these parcels. ...Right now we have multiple buyers who have approached us for market-rate housing and commercial development and we are trying to get the appropriate zoning in place so that we can have flexibility when they purchase it.”

The revised Tupperware Heights PD would create three lots along the north side of Mary Louis Lane, and each would be marketed and sold separately, Bergner said. Lot 1, at the corner of Orange Blossom Trail and Mary Louis Lane 96,480 square feet of commercial space and 250 residential units.

The development plan for Lots 2, which is northwest of Orange Avenue and Mary Louis Lane, calls for 320 apartments and 167,000 square feet of commercial space. Lot 3 would be right across the street and would be entitled for 784 dwelling units on 26 acres. This is the site that was previously approved for senior housing.

O’Connor has requested pre-application meetings with Osceola County’s Development Review Committee for the two new projects within the Osceola Corporate Center Planned Development.

The Pearl would add 400 apartments within walking distance of the Tupperware SunRail station.

The smaller site measures six acres across two parcels at the southwest corner of Orange Avenue and Mary Louis Lane. The plan calls for a double-donut style apartment building with a shared parking garage in the center. The 400-unit community would be called “The Pearl.” The proposed density would be 53.7 units per acre. The approved density for the PD is 40 units per acre.

Harris submitted a site plan for the second project, a suburban-style apartment complex with 350 units that would be constructed on the 17.4 acres between The Pearl and the Tupperware campus.

Tupperware had owned this land since 1953 before O’Connor Capital acquired the 700 acres in the summer of 2020. O’Connor has since sold off some of the property, including the Tupperware World Headquarters.

Spirit Realty paid $43 million in 2021 for the 60-acre Tupperware campus and filed a replat the property so it can build a total of 348 residential units with a shared clubhouse and pool amenity on land that had been used for employee parking and green space.

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Two new projects shown in red and blue could add to the multifamily development already in the pipeline for the Tupperware station area.

Also last year Miami-based Waterstone Capital bought 16.5 acres northwest of the SunRail Station with plans to build 448 transit-oriented apartments.

The Osceola Corporate Center PD is already home to two completed apartment communities: San Mateo Crossings, which traded for $62 million in 2021, and 19 South, which was completed early this year.

Three more TOD projects are in the pipeline in Osceola. Waterstone plans 448 units at the southeast corner of Orange Avenue and Mary Louis Lane. Fore Property Co., which developed 19 South, is under contract for the TOD parcels south of the station that have entitlements for high-density residential, retail and office uses.

Altman Companies, based in Boca Raton, is under contract for 36.7 acres on Orange Blossom Trail immediately south of the Tupperware campus. The firm filed a Site Development Plan in August for a pair of communities with a combined 644 units, developed over two phases.

Multifamily housing is in high demand right now. According to a recent report by the Urban Land Institute, the country needs 4.3 million newly built apartments between now and 2035 — or 331,000 new multifamily rental units annually—to keep up with population growth.

Orange County alone needs roughly 55,000 additional apartment units by 2030, according to the Florida Apartment Association.

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The goal is for the new development along Orange Avenue in both counties to blend seamlessly together.

“We want to make sure there is continuity along Orange Avenue from Osceola County,Alkadry told Orange County staff at a recent technical review meeting. “We are trying to create a more TOD development here with buildings closer to the road. We met with planning and we think they have the same intention as well. It’s intended to be a more pedestrian-friendly development with the train station right there.”

Asked by an Orange County employee if the plan was to build vertical mixed-use with bottom-floor retail and top-level apartments or horizontal mixed-use spread across the property, Alkadry said he’s unsure.

“We have no idea,” he said. “We have people interested in developing these parcels, but I still don’t know what their plan is. They are definitely doing vertical, but I don’t know what the layout or product is going to be.”

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