Intram Investments is one step closer to building apartments and a commercial center in busy Four Corners, getting approval for the planned development from the Polk County Planning Commission this week. Intram will have to solve the problems of overcapacity schools, utilities and sewer in a Level 2 Review with county planners.
The vacant 12.9 acres is located at U.S. 27 and Sand Mine Road, west of the Osceola County line and north of Interstate 4 in Davenport. Across 27 are commercial plazas and residential developments. Orlando-based Intram would build commercial on 5.2 acres on the western portion of the property and 169 units on 7.73 acres on the eastern portion.
In May, Intram began the process for the commercial center and said it might build multifamily units on the eastern portion. Now, Intram definitely wants to build apartments, along with the commercial, on the land it bought a year ago for $3 million.
“We’re just trying to get some multifamily usage for our PD as well as our master signage,” Kimley-Horn Engineer Kurtis Pelto told commissioners. Intram received approval to move forward with both.
“The western half is already 99% of the way through the Level 2 permit process, assuming that this multifamily family will be going through,” said. A site plan presented this week shows 169 multifamily units, a pool, a ‘tot lot’ and a recreation center.
Plans for the commercial portion show a fuel station with convenience store, a car wash, two drive-through restaurants and about 20,000 square feet of retail space. Intram is readying another 66,000 square feet of commercial space in Phase 2 of nearby Posner Village.
Planner Imene Haddad told commissioners the project is compatible with the surrounding area and the comprehensive plan.
The connection of Sand Mine Road to Westside Boulevard in Osceola County is currently under construction linking the two counties, Haddad said.
The apartment plans meet density requirements of The Town Center-X (TCX) district in which it is located, Haddad said. The district permits up to 25 units per acre depending on design and location. Intram’s plan exceeds the points required for the district, she said.
Most of the residential development in the area has been single-family and townhomes but remaining acreage is transitioning to multifamily development, Haddad said.
The company will have some hurdles. It needs to work with school officials and planners during the Level 2 Review on utility extension and connection from Haines City, stormwater treatment plans, along with the overcapacity of the Polk County schools that would serve the community. The school system is asking Intram to apply for binding school capacity under its school concurrency program, Haddad said.
A major traffic study and wetland delineation survey also will need to be conducted at that level of development review, she said.