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Controversial Kissimmee multifamily development reemerges in Osceola County

The Kissimmee City Commission denied an annexation request for this 36-acre site on Four Winds Boulevard. The owner wanted to build 312 townhomes and apartments on the site.
The Kissimmee City Commission denied an annexation request for this 36-acre site on Four Winds Boulevard. The owner wanted to build 312 townhomes and apartments on the site. (City of Kissimmee)

A developer who sought annexation into City of Kissimmee this year to build over 300 apartments and townhomes along Four Winds Boulevard is now seeking a meeting with Osceola County to see if the project could move forward with county approvals.

The 36-acre site just south of the former Jungleland Zoo attraction is mostly wetlands. Developer, Juan F. Nagaro, purchased the property in 2020 for $300,000 under the entity South American Holdings LLC. A licensed architect, Nagaro is owner of Blue Projects USA.

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He applied for voluntary annexation into the city, along with a future land use change from Tourist Commercial to Mixed-Use Vine and a zoning assignment of T5-U Zoning, which would have allowed him to develop the 312-unit community. City Commissioners voted unanimously on Jan. 19 to deny the annexation after hearing from about a dozen homeowners in neighboring communities who spoke against the project.

The conceptual plan called for a mix of townhomes and 5-story apartment buildings around the perimeter of the site, for a total of 312 dwelling units. Kissimmee’s planning staff and Planning Advisory Board had recommended approval of the annexation and zoning, and the city attorney advised commissioners that if they denied annexation, it wouldn’t prevent the developer from applying for a similar project in Osceola County.

This preliminary site plan shows the layout of the 312-unit apartment complex (outlined in red) on the Four Winds Boulevard property. The former JungleLand Zoo property, now being converted into a craft brewery, is highlighted.
This preliminary site plan shows the layout of the 312-unit apartment complex (outlined in red) on the Four Winds Boulevard property. The former JungleLand Zoo property, now being converted into a craft brewery, is highlighted. (KPM Franklin)

“So if you deny the annexation, they will go to the county and do whatever they’re going to do for the development, so it would actually be out of your control,” City Attorney Olga Sanchez de Fuentes said.

“That’s what I’m pushing for. I’d rather go that way,” Commissioner Carlos Alvarez III said.

The property has a future land use of Tourist Commercial, which allows for high-density multifamily development, but the current zoning is Agricultural Conservation. The Osceola County Property Appraiser classifies 31.6 acres — 88% of the site — as submerged land.

KPM Franklin has represented Nagaro as planning consultant and requested a pre-application meeting with Osceola County’s Development Review Committee to discuss rezoning the property to Commercial Tourist, with plans to develop Multi-Family Residential townhouses and senior affordable living apartments.

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