Mattamy plans lay groundwork for Celebration Island Village

Mattamy Homes has been tight-lipped about designs for Celebration Island Village, but plans filed with Osceola County provide new details about the community and the types of homes that will be built there.

The Canada-based homebuilder will introduce new architectural styles, giving buyers more variety in choosing their exterior elevations.

Island Village is the southernmost parcel within Celebration. The property has entitlements for 1,000-plus single-family homes, 300 apartments, 30,000 square feet of neighborhood commercial, an elementary school and five acres for park or civic uses.

Mattamy paid $15 million in 2017 for the first of three takedowns for the  the fifth and final residential village of the Disney master-planned community. Now the homebuilder has submitted a Preliminary Subdivision Plan with master site plan for the first "island."

The plans call for a mixed-use subdivision to be built on 96.5 acres from the extended Celebration Boulevard. The new K-5 school, which could accommodate nearly 1,000 students, would be located near the main entrance.  

The master plan indicates Mattamy will sell the multifamily site to another developer, who would build a 300-unit apartment complex.  The complex is bookended by a pair of large ponds with a neighborhood amenity center on one pond and recreation space stretched out across the other pond. 

Since the commercial and retail space is accounted for in the parking calculation but isn't shown on the site plan, that indicates it could be incorporated into the apartment complex as ground-floor retail. 

The builder will offer a an entirely new product portfolio designed especially for Island Village. The first island would have 87 townhomes and 192 detached single-family homes on four different lot sizes: 70-foot estate lots, 55-foot and 40-foot rear alley lots and motor courts (each with four homes.) It would be developed in two sub-phases, according to the plan. The apartments and all of the townhomes would be built in Phase 1A, while most of the estate lots are Phase 1B.

Before purchasing the property, Mattamy conducted focus groups with some of Celebration's leading Realtors to research the most popular, best-selling concepts in the community. Those groups emphasized that Celebration buyers want a lot of variety of lot sizes, product types and price points.  

Mattamy's design team also submitted rough elevations of the six exterior architectural styles: Classical, Colonial Revival, Farmhouse, Coastal/Low Country, Craftsman and Mediterranean. 

Mattamy began introducing Farmhouse elevations last year in Preserve at Crown Point, a gated community on Lake Apopka. It features a combination of lap siding with board and batten. 

The builder designed an entire community in Horizon West around the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. While Hawksmore is based on Wright's Prairie movement, it features a choice of Craftsman elevations with traditional materials -- stone foundations, cedar shake shingles and tapered columns -- that also will be offered in Celebration.

The Mediterranean style utilizes stucco exterior with tile roof and arched windows and doors. The coastal design features palmetto shutters and signature deck railings. 

Local Mattamy officials declined an interview request from GrowthSpotter.

ATKINS is the civil engineer. Mattamy worked closely with Looney Ricks Kiss, the official town architect, to design trails, parks and public spaces that emulate Celebration's other villages.  

NAK Design Strategies is the landscape architect. Quadra Design Studios was one of several outside firms that collaborated with Mattamy's in-house architects on the home designs. Other design team members are Bassenian Lagoni and BSB Design, which specializes in placemaking and has a studio dedicated to clubhouse design.  

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