Osceola County is studying three potential alignments for the Celebration Boulevard extension, and two of them would directly impact a planned $100 million mixed-use project on County Road 532.
The long-planned roadway was part of the original Celebration Planned Development as the only direct connection between the Disney-planned Master Planned Community and the Reunion/ChampionsGate area on C.R. 532, also known as Osceola-Polk Line Road. Mattamy Homes is the exclusive builder in Island Village and is currently selling homes in phase 1 while awaiting approval to start construction in phase 2.
The two-lane avenue would extend south along Bud Road from the third phase of Celebration Island Village, the fifth and final village in Celebration, and then either continue south to C.R. 532 across from Tanglewood Drive in Polk County or veer off to the east and then hook south.
The county will host a meeting to gather input from the public and stakeholders Thursday from 6-7:30 pm at the Artisan Park Club at 1343 Celebration Avenue before issuing a final report with the preferred alignment. “We will then evaluate any feedback received along with the technical analysis completed to arrive at a final recommended alternative,” Project Manager Joshua DeVries said.
The road would need 124-feet of right-of-way to accommodate 11-foot travel lanes, a 16-foot median, bike lanes and sidewalks. Additional right-of-way would be needed to allow for drainage ponds.
The first alternative alignment is the most direct, but it also bisects the proposed Visions master-planned community being designed by Urban Network Capital Group (UNCG), which controls 28 acres in the path of the roadway.
The Miami-based developer rezoned the assemblage in 2021 to Community Center Core and Community Center Perimeter to allow for the project. The firm hopes to build a mixed-use residential community with a variety of housing product types ranging from loft condos priced in the high $100,000s to estate homes in the $700,000s. The conceptual plan also included townhomes, a large amenity center, an independent living senior community and entitlements for future apartments.
Alternative 2 would run along the eastern boundary of the Visions project and intersect C.R. 532 at Sandy Ridge Road.
The estimated cost for both alignments is virtually identical, at $13.87 million, as are the wetland impacts at about 3 acres.
Alternative alignment 3 is the most expensive, estimated to cost nearly $25 million. This plan would split off from Bud Road and veer east along the dedicated right-of-way for a subdivision that was never built and then curve south to intersect C.R. 532 just west of the Duke Energy electric substation.
It also has twice the amount of wetland impacts, at 7.5 acres. It would impact 24 parcels, compared to 16 and 14 for the other two alignments.
“This is an analysis to see what the impacts would be of trying to utilize as much as possible of a platted public right-of-way of the Westmont Subdivision, which was never developed,” DeVries said.
This study is not evaluating whether the intersection at C.R. 532 will be signalized. The final design and construction of the extension is not funded but portions may be funded by developers in return for impact fee credits.
Celebration Boulevard is one of several transportation projects on the board for Osceola County to improve the traffic circulation in the ChampionsGate/Reunion area. Other improvements include the widening of C.R. 532 to four lanes next year, the diverging diamond interchange now underway at I-4, widening Old Lake Wilson Road in 2025 and extending Sinclair Road to connect the two resort communities in 2024.