The same developer who brought The Fresh Market and 4 Rivers Barbecue to Kissimmee has an ambitious plan to build thousands of apartments and commercial uses next to the Tupperware SunRail station.
O’Connor Capital Partners (OCP) has a purchase contract on the 37 acres at the northeast corner of Osceola Parkway and Orange Avenue. Development Director Peter Bergner told GrowthSpotter the company is currently deep in design for the site.
“We have plans to build up to 2,000 multifamily units there,” Bergner said. “There’s going to be a small amount of office and commercial, mostly transit service oriented.”
Bergner shared the details the same day Orlando Health closed on a 6.3-acre expansion of its Tupperware campus that will likely bring an acute care hospital – and more high-paying jobs – to the site.
The land is adjacent to Orlando Health’s existing emergency room and medical pavilion, located at the northwest corner of Orange Avenue and Osceola Parkway in Osceola County. The non-profit healthcare company opened the $32 million facility in January.
Orlando Health paid $5.2 million for the land, all of which fronts on Orange Avenue. Company officials wouldn’t confirm plans to build a full service hospital there, but it was expected now that hospitals no longer have to apply for Certificates of Need from the Florida Agency for HealthCare Administration.
Tupperware Vice President Tom Roehlk said he expects Orlando Health to make a formal announcement some time in the next few months. All of the land, known as the Osceola Corporate Campus, was acquired by the Tupperware Corporation in 1953.
Tupperware and OCP previously joint-ventured to develop the popular Crosslands and Cinque Terre shopping centers at Osceola Parkway and Orange Blossom Trail. They sold both centers in 2016 for a combined $121 million.
Bergner said OCP will be releasing more details on the Transit-Oriented Development next week. “We’re doing a lot of planning right now,” Bergner said. “The county wants density there, and that SunRail is ripe for ridership.”
This would be the third new apartment community to be built within walking distance of the Tupperware station.
Fore Property Company bought 21 acres south of Osceola Parkway for a 384-unit community dubbed Parkway Crossings. Just north of the Orlando Health property, Eastwind Development is building Phase 2 of its 352-unit San Mateo Crossings. An office park is on the drawing board for land just north of that complex, Bergner said.