A private group headed by the CEO of a South Florida electrical company is planning to build a $20 million community center in west Osceola County.
Melissa March, a member of the planning committee, told GrowthSpotter on Thursday that Tri-City Electric CEO Russ Borden is the main financier and visionary of the project.
Tri-City and its subsidiary, TCE Technologies, provide electrical and networking installation services, security, energy solutions and other types of infrastructure.
"He has a history of philanthropy - he gives back to the community," March said. "He's technology-based, and is going to be bringing innovation to the facility."
The 9.5-acre site at 3550 Pleasant Hill Road is across from BellaLago, a boating community on Lake Tohopekaliga developed by AV Homes. Nearly half of the parcel is wetlands, so March said the group will likely look to expand the site in the future.
She said the group had published an RFP for architectural services and expects to select a firm by the end of the week. With the architect on board, the company will publish subseqent RFPs for engineers and contractors and will emphasize a desire to work with companies that have local ties to the community, she said.
The first phase will include a 36,000-square-foot community center with a gymnasium, an auditorium for stage performances, a full kitchen and multiple technology and educational labs. The outdoor space will include multipurpose sports fields suitable for football, soccer and lacrosse.
"It's going to be a really cool community center that the community has been wanting for years," March said.
The facility will offer programming for youth and adults, she said. The targeted opening date is Summer 2017.
The property was homesteaded by the sellers, Les and Martha Wooten, who had it rezoned in 2014 to general commercial. The land had been on and off the market since 2001, at one point with an asking price of $3 million.