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Osceola County Developments

Kissimmee DRC signs off on trio of new multifamily communities

Three developers got the green light Tuesday from Kissimmee’s Development Review Committee for projects that will add a variety of new housing to the city, including senior, workforce, market rate and live-work units.

Harry Kay, best known for his commercial developments, is venturing into the residential space with an 80-unit multifamily building behind his retail strip center and Starbucks at 3711 W. Vine St. Kay has owned the property since 2005 and is replatting the 3.6-acre parcel to create a separate lot for the new 4-story residential building that will front on Armstrong Boulevard.

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“Initially we had plans to do flex office space and sell off the units,” Kay said. “But after the crash of 2008, we had to put everything on hold.”

Earlier this year he submitted a site plan for the project he’s calling Della Condo Residences, and now he’s hoping to be able to break ground in the first quarter of 2023.

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The property is next to the Plaza Del Sol mall and was already zoned to allow up to 40 units per acre, Kay said. “The way Kissimmee has grown, we thought it might be the right time to do a small workforce housing project.” He aims to complete a Class B product with rents below the typical luxury apartment homes.

Kay said the project wouldn’t have the same level of amenities as a Class A project, but the site plan from CivilCorps Engineering sets aside space near the entrance for a small pool and clubhouse. The development plan calls for 64 one-bedroom units and 16 two-bedroom units.

The DRC also signed off on two mixed-use multifamily projects on the periphery of the Osceola Regional Medical Center campus. Prospect Real Estate Group can now move forward to construction planning for its 350-unit Rose Avenue multifamily project. The 11-acre site just west of the hospital will have a combination of four- and five-story garden apartments with structured parking, while a row of three-story live-work units will front Oak Street.

The development plan calls for 193 studio and one-bedroom apartments, 123 two-bedroom apartments, 18 three-bedroom units. The 16 live-work units will have 833 square feet of commercial/office space on the ground floor and two floors of living space above. Each will have two bedrooms.

The plan also calls for a 2-story clubhouse with over 5,000 square feet of recreational space and a pool.

DRC Chair Brenda Ryan asked the developer to make a few changes, such as adding an arch or gateway element over the driveway to connect the two live-work buildings along Oak Street. She also asked for landscaping and additional screening for the parking podium on the taller buildings, but approved the site plan with conditions.

Scott+Cormia is the project architect, and WGI is the civil engineer.

Bryan also cleared MedFlorida Medical Center to move forward with its mixed-use project east of the hospital on Lake Street once the developer clarifies issues related to phasing and refines the streetscape design.

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The project consists of two 5-story buildings. The first would have 9,950 square feet of medical offices on the ground floor with 54 senior living units on the four upper floors. The second L-shaped building would have 12,450 square feet of office and retail space, along with 56 senior living units on the upper floors. Hanson & Walter submitted the construction plans on behalf of the owner.

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