Park Square redesigns, renames Kissimmee apartment complex near NeoCity

Park Square Homes has redesigned and renamed its proposed apartment complex next to the Valencia College Osceola Campus in Kissimmee. 

Senior Project Manager Robert Mick and his development team met Tuesday with the city's Development Review Committee to review the new site plan, which adds density from 350 to potentially 384 units. The developers renamed the project, formerly Oxbow Crossing, to The Neo.

The 17-acre site is just north of the NeoCity high tech district and across from another luxury apartment complex in development called "Neo Square."

Mick said Park Square intends to utilize the "Neo" brand on multiple projects -- not just around NeoCity.

The new site plan maintains the two 5,000-square-foot commercial buildings along E192 but the apartment complex has been completely redesigned. It now includes four residential buildings -- reverse mirror images of each other -- surrounding a large pond. Those 4- and 5-story buildings would have a total of 312 units, including 20 studio apartments.

The clubhouse and pool would overlook the pond, while the leasing office would be located in a separate building at the front of the complex.

Winter Park-based ACi Architecture is the project architect. AVCON is the project engineer.

Architects Matt Phelps and Rick Walker told GrowthSpotter the decision to separate the public and private uses was very intentional. The leasing office will be part of a cyber cafe that's open to the public.

"The clubhouse area is private; residents will need key-card access," Phelps said. "It's going to have a lounge area, fitness center and yoga room. There's an activity deck on the second floor overlooking the pool, and it will have a presentation kitchen that can be used for private events or cooking classes."

Phelps said the clubhouse would also have a co-working space. 

They're also introducing a new "concierge concept" in the lobby of each residential building with mail boxes and secure package delivery area, along with bike storage and vending machines.

"It's like a robotic convenience store that sells dry goods and fresh or frozen food," Mick said. "They could buy a frozen dinner or a light bulb."

The Neo will be pet-friendly, Phelps said. The complex will have a dog park and trails, a dog wash area and each building will have a laundry facility specifically for pet bedding. 

A fifth residential building is tentatively placed at the north end of the property and planned for Phase 2. Mick said the design of that building is in flux and could change based on the lease-up of the first phase. The developer is considering redesigning that building as student housing, which would require a totally different floorplan. 

Park Square is also in preliminary discussions with an owner of adjacent land about acquiring a 10-acre parcel that abuts the west property line. It's now home to a warehouse and lumber yard but could allow for a significant expansion of the Neo project. 

Park Square hopes to break ground by in the spring and begin vertical construction in June. The first residential building would be delivered in spring 2020.  

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