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Indiana developer planning more Big House apartments in Kissimmee

The new apartment community in Kissimmee will feature 60 "Big House" style residential units with private garages.
The new apartment community in Kissimmee will feature 60 "Big House" style residential units with private garages. (Patrick Bertolino/Garrett Companies)

An Indiana-based multifamily developer that finished a Big House-style apartment complex in Davenport is returning to Central Florida, this time with plans for a 250-unit project in Kissimmee’s hot LOOP submarket.

Garrett Residential entered the Florida market in 2018 with its recently completed Verso Luxury Apartments near ChampionsGate. Now the company has a purchase contract on 12 acres in Kissimmee’s Florida Ridge Mixed-Use PUD at the corner of Dyer Boulevard and W. Carroll Street. The developer has submitted plans for a hybrid apartment community with a single 4-story building with 190 units surrounded by six Big House buildings, each with 10 units.

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Big House apartments are a trademark design by Texas-based Humphreys & Partners that utilize smaller buildings with 6-14 units, meant to look like a single large residence. Typically most units have private garage entries, large closets and spacious interiors with kitchen islands. Garrett is also using another Humphreys trademark design, the E-Urban, for the larger building. The building will have a central courtyard with a resort-style pool, and the clubhouse and fitness center will be incorporated into the main building.

Garrett Residential is planning to build a 250-unit apartment complex in Kissimmee a mile south of The LOOP.
Garrett Residential is planning to build a 250-unit apartment complex in Kissimmee a mile south of The LOOP. (Hanson Walter & Associates)

“We will have a very luxurious clubhouse that will feature some of our shared amenities,” Marketing Director Nikki Crosby said. “We’ll have a large fitness center with additional flex space for On-Demand fitness programming.”

The pool deck will be enhanced with cabanas and hammocks, a grilling station and water features. There’s also an off-leash bark park and dog spa nearby, Crosby said.

“We’re still finalizing the details on the outdoor amenities,” she added. “We’ve added an outdoor putting green to some of our projects, so that’s in consideration.”

A 4-story garden-style apartment building like this one will house 190 dwelling units with a pool courtyard.
A 4-story garden-style apartment building like this one will house 190 dwelling units with a pool courtyard. (Garrett Companies)

Another feature under consideration for the clubhouse is dedicated office space for residents who work from home. “We’re experimenting with that now at a project in Fort Myers,” she said. “So depending on the demand for those types of spaces, we will see how our customer base responds to that before we determine whether to add it to the shared amenity space in Kissimmee.”

The development plan calls for 114 one-bedroom units, 108 two-bedroom units, and 28 three-bedroom units. The parking plan includes 156 dedicated garage parking spaces, which includes some tuck-under garages in the E-Urban building. There are also 60 detached garages.

Hanson, Walter & Associates is the civil engineer for the project, which is slated to go to the city’s Development Review Committee later this month. HPA Design Group is the interior design group for the project, and Garrett’s in-house team will design the landscaping plan.

Crosby told GrowthSpotter the company expects to break ground in April 2021 and deliver the clubhouse, leasing office and first units within 12 months.

“Most projects in our portfolio, have not experience delays due to Covid,” Crosby said. “We’re very lucky that there’s still a healthy appetite for development in the area.”

Details on the purchase price and design plans for the 288-unit project.

The property is owned by Kelly Properties, the same land owner who previously sold major parcels of Flora Ridge for commercial, multifamily and industrial development. David Calcanis, managing director of land for Colliers International in Orlando, represents the seller.

The site lies in an area of the city that’s booming with new multifamily construction. That includes The Springs of Tapestry immediately to the south, and new developments from Epoch Residential on Ball Park Road and Elevation Development/The Latigo Group on the former county’s softball complex.

Crosby said Garrett was drawn to the area for the same reasons: its proximity to great shopping and dining in and around The LOOP.

“Another thing that drew us to the area was that when we looked around, we saw a lot of great single family home development in our area, which creates a nice residential feel,” she said. “Tapestry has some really beautiful homes. We’re also excited about the school district.”

Have a tip about Central Florida development? Contact me at lkinsler@GrowthSpotter.com or (407) 420-6261, or tweet me at @byLauraKinsler. Follow GrowthSpotter on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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