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A Kissimmee allergist is planning a 25,300-square-foot medical office with walk-in clinic on the blue parcel at Vineland Road and N. Poinciana Boulevard. Osceola County owns the 6-acre tract outlined in yellow.
A Kissimmee allergist is planning a 25,300-square-foot medical office with walk-in clinic on the blue parcel at Vineland Road and N. Poinciana Boulevard. Osceola County owns the 6-acre tract outlined in yellow. (Osceola County Property Appraiser)

Kissimmee allergist Imtiaz Ahmed wants to renew a permit for a planned medical office complex in the tourism corridor that stalled during the recession.

Ahmed met this week with Osceola County planning staff to discuss how to resume work on the project, located at the intersection of S.R. 535 (Vineland Road) and N. Poinciana Boulevard.

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Ahmed had a conditional use permit and approved engineering plans from 2007 before he stopped work on the project, allowing the permits to expire. The plan called for a two-story, 25,300-square-foot shopping center.

"We want to put a medical office plaza and walk-in urgent care for the tourists," he said during Wednesday's pre-application meeting.

Ahmed brought his general contractor to the meeting, but Mahmoud Najda, development review director, advised him to hire an engineer to review the plans before resubmitting them. Najda said the plan likely wouldn't conform with the current land use codes and sign ordinance.

This site plan shows the proximity of Dr. Ahmed's property to Sunrise City Plaza and illustrates how N. Poinciana Boulevard will be extended into the shopping center.
This site plan shows the proximity of Dr. Ahmed's property to Sunrise City Plaza and illustrates how N. Poinciana Boulevard will be extended into the shopping center. (SFWMD)

For example, Ahmed currently has a billboard on the property. But under the current ordinance, he would have to remove the billboard if he wanted to install a sign for his clinic.

"You can keep the billboard, but that would be your only sign," zoning manager Kelly Haddock said.

Nearly 6 acres at a key interchange could go on the auction block later this year.

Jose Gomez, principal engineer for the county, updated Ahmed on the Sunrise City Plaza project, which is under construction on the adjacent 34-acre parcel. The developer, Intram Investments, is extending Poinciana Boulevard into its project, which also includes about 200 acres on Osceola Parkway entitled for 1,000 apartments. Eventually, the road will provide a direct connection to the Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores just over the county line, he said.

Gomez suggested Ahmed meet with Intram officials to see if he could buy capacity in their retention ponds. "I think it would really benefit you to tie into their stormwater system," he said.

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