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Conceptual plan of College Station includes a mix of higher education, residential, retail, office and recreational  uses.
Conceptual plan of College Station includes a mix of higher education, residential, retail, office and recreational  uses. (Osceola County)

Osceola County officials are banking on a new $22 million college campus in Poinciana as the catalyst to transform nearly 400 acres of undeveloped land on the western shore of Lake Tohopekaliga into a vibrant, mixed use development.

Valencia College has already received half of the funding for its new 65,000-square-foot campus at Poinciana. The Florida Legislature has included funding for the second installment in its 2016-2017 capital budget, so college officials are waiting to see if Gov. Rick Scott approves expenditure. If funded, the campus could open in time for the Fall 2017 session.

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In December 2015, the county published a Request for Letters of Interest (RFLOI) to find a firm to master plan and develop the site to complement the new college.

A team led by MainStreet Development, based in Carmel, Indiana, was the sole bidder. The along with partners IBIS Enterprises, Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative and Design Collaborative, proposed a multi-generational campus with an emphasis on health and wellness.

The development team also suggested rebranding the project, since "College Station" is already identified as the home of Texas A&M University.

Osceola County Commissioners voted in February to begin negotiating a contract with MainStreet.

The College Station Conceptual Master Plan consists of ample commercial prospects with over 400,000 square feet of planned commercial space that will be suitable for retail, institutional, as well as Class B office construction. A recreational sports complex with tennis, baseball, softball, and multi-purpose fields with a dog park, an athletic center, marina, and playground areas are all proposed.

FAST FACTS

LOCATION: College Station is located within unincorporated Osceola County along the east side of the signalized intersection of Pleasant Hill Road and Reaves Road.

OWNER: Osceola County

START DATE FOR PHASE ONE: 2016

END DATE: First Phase, Valencia College Poinciana Campus slated to open in 2017.

PROJECT BUDGET: Valencia College: $22 million; College Station - Not disclosed

GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Valencia College:  Clancy & Theys

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