Snow White Village is being resurrected as an apartment complex after once serving as a trailer park for people who performed at Epcot.
The 13-acre site, on 7 Dwarf Lane near State Road 535 and just outside Kissimmee, will be turned into four, four-story apartment buildings with a total of 304 units. The property is currently vacant.
The estimated $33 million project comes after the property was bought in April by Canadian development firm Jaymor Group for about $4 million.
"The plans are being developed for the new community and we are submitting permits this week," said Rozzie Franco, project spokesperson.
Franco said a good deal of the project's appeal lies with the redoing of I-4 over the next several years. "People will not be able to travel the way they used to" and will want to be closer to work, she said.
The project's architecture does not evoke images of Disney despite the development's name. Instead it is more Spanish colonial. Franco said there would not be a theme to the apartments. A spokeswoman for Walt Disney World, which stringently guards its brands, did not respond to a request for comment.
Jaymor hopes to begin building by year end and complete the project in 18 months.
A general contractor has not yet been chosen for the complex, which will take up 300,000 square feet. The architect is Jacobs & Associates of Orlando. The civil engineer is Burkett Engineering of Orlando. Terracon of Winter Park is the environmental engineer.
Snow White Village served as home for Epcot performers in the early 1980s, soon after the theme park opened in 1982. As employee ranks grew, other places to house them were found. The village always kept its name, though.
Site work includes earthwork, excavation, paving, water distribution, sanitary sewerage, storm drainage, irrigation, fences and gates, and landscaping.
Also needed is gypsum board drywall, tile, carpet, resilient flooring, wood flooring and paint, as well as bath accessories, fire extinguishers and mailboxes.