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Osceola County Developments

KB Home under contract for mixed-use site near Harmony

The KB Home site is opposite from Lennar's Pine Glen community and across U.S. 192 from the AmeraTrail mixed-used project.

Homebuilder KB Home is looking to grow its footprint in Osceola’s St. Cloud submarket with a new residential neighborhood just steps from Alligator Lake.

KB’s Steve Feccia recently held a pre-application meeting with Osceola County’s Development Review Committee to discuss a conceptual plan for two parcels on Whip O Will Lane totaling nearly 60 acres. The land is right across the street from Pine Glen, which was bought by Lennar in 2020 and is now in development.

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The site is located in the county’s Mixed-Use District 6, which is in the process of being master-planned by Osceola County. DRC Chairman Jose Gomez said the Conceptual Master Plan for District 5 and 6 is expected to go to the Board of County Commissioners in June. The subject site on Whip O Will would need to be rezoned to Mixed-Use and would need a concept plan that closely aligns with the proposed CMP.

The initial conceptual plan from KPM Franklin called for 139 detached home lots with a mix of front-loaded and rear-loaded homes surrounding a large retention pond. County planners told Feccia the plan would need to be redesigned with at least two internal streets connecting to the framework streets in Pine Glen to comply with the proposed CMP and mixed-use requirements.

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“Within the Mixed-Use, we’re looking for the real small block, the walkability, the pedestrian orientation,” Planning Director Cori Carpenter said. She suggested extending the block pattern already established with Pine Glen and orienting the homes that front on Whip O Will so they face the street. The new community also would need to be compatible with the existing lakefront homes on Barker Road, which are on larger lots.

The conceptual plan submitted by KB Home called for 143 lots with a large retention pond in the center and one entrance off Whip O Will Lane. County planners said it will need to be redesigned.

“Maybe if you can move any stormwater to provide additional buffering, we can work with you on that - or your green space and park space, civic areas, anything like that we could move over there as well, just to try to provide some additional buffer through consistency with the mixed-use standards,” she said.

Lennar is currently selling three product lines at Pine Glen with prices on the rear-loaded Cottage homes starting at $365,040. The front-loaded Estate and Chateau collections are also available. The initial subdivision plan splits the project into two neighborhoods with 80 alley-loaded 35-foot lots scheduled for a later phase. The concept plan called for an attached villa product typically seen in retirement communities.

Harmony West, where D.R. Horton is building over 1,500 homes, is a half-mile east on U.S. 192.

KB Home has active sales in two communities in St. Cloud at Gramercy Farms and Deer Run Estates, both on Hickory Tree Road. The company is also actively selling detached homes and marketing townhomes in the Four Corners area of Osceola County at Bellaviva at Westside. Plans call for 270 single-family homes in the first three phases and 114 townhomes for the final fourth phase.

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