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Construction underway on latest Celebration luxury apartments and town center with new developer on board

Designer upgrades, like two-toned cabinets, kitchen islands, modern lighting, gold-tone hardware and 10-foot ceilings will come standard at Cortland Colburn in Celebration's Island Village.
Designer upgrades, like two-toned cabinets, kitchen islands, modern lighting, gold-tone hardware and 10-foot ceilings will come standard at Cortland Colburn in Celebration's Island Village. (Handout)

Cortland has joined Dallas-based StreetLights Residential as co-developer for the latest luxury apartment community to break ground in Disney’s Celebration community.

Construction started this week on the 300-unit Cortland Colburn complex that will serve as the master-planned community’s newest town center, featuring 10,000 square feet of neighborhood retail.

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“We’re programming this area with tenants that residents will view as amenities,” Cortland Director of Development Chris Fletcher said. “StreetLights and Cortland are jointly leasing this effort.”

This lounge area is one of the many public spaces in the Cortland Colburn clubhouse that will be available to Island Village residents.
This lounge area is one of the many public spaces in the Cortland Colburn clubhouse that will be available to Island Village residents. (Handout)

Additionally, the two multifamily developers will construct a resort-style amenity center in Island Village that will be turned over to the Celebration Residential Owners’ Association (CROA) and open to all Celebration residents.

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It will include package lockers, storage units, private conference and dining spaces, private resident European Pantry and tea room, a lounge with connected outdoor space, bike storage and repair, a pet wash and park, a fitness center with two flex studios featuring spin bikes and private training, and a Maker’s room featuring co-working spaces, collaborative art zones and hosting capabilities. StreetLights’ Senior VP Edward Wood explained the vision for the European Pantry and tea room.

“SLR feels strongly about developing series of unique, intimate gathering spaces reminiscent of a European patisserie (tea, coffee, pastries) for our residents. So, our intent is that this portion of our clubhouse is designated for our residents’ private use,” he said.

The club room at Cortland Colburn is designed to look like a European patisserie.
The club room at Cortland Colburn is designed to look like a European patisserie. (Handout)

The facility also includes a spacious pool and deck with entertainment lounges, grilling stations and communal dining spaces, along with a great room for social or catered events.

LRK is the architect of record for the project while B2 Architecture & Design will oversee interior design, which will include two distinct palettes. The units are designed with 10-foot ceilings, 8-foot doors, accent wall paint in the living room and vinyl plank flooring. They have incorporated designated workstations and designer upgrades, such as two-toned cabinets with granite counters, under-cabinet lighting, gold-toned hardware and pendant lighting.

The designer cabinetry, lighting and counters are continued in the master bathroom, which also features a frameless glass shower and rain-style faucet.
The designer cabinetry, lighting and counters are continued in the master bathroom, which also features a frameless glass shower and rain-style faucet. (Handout)

Cortland Colburn will offer several floor plans, ranging from 756 to 1,772 square feet with one-, two-, and three-bedroom floor plans available. Fletcher said each apartment would come with a Sonos smart speaker system installed. The kitchens will have center islands and will be stocked with GE appliances, and bathrooms have walk-in, frameless glass showers with rain-style faucets and wall sconces.

The project represents StreetLights’ entry into the Florida market. Cortland recently started construction on Cortland ChampionsGate, a 355-unit luxury rental community inspired by the style of Palm Beach architect Addison Mizner. There Cortland introduced its latest valet trash service, where the residents can request trash collection seven days a week by simply flipping a switch.

SLR Construction is the general contractor in Celebration, while VCC is GC at ChampionsGate. Both projects are expected to deliver their first units a year from now.

StreetLights opened its Orlando office in 2016 after identifying Florida and the Southeast as a desirable market for expansion due to a strong economy and the demand for multifamily developments. “The Orlando area continues to thrive, and Celebration was a perfect fit for our newest community, as it offers residents not just a place to live, but a place to truly call home with its focus on creating a sense of community and place,” Wood said. “It exemplifies our principles of crafting details that create a home, embracing the street to create a walkable neighborhood that encourages shopping, living and working within your community.”

Mattamy Homes is the exclusive builder in Island Village, the final residential village in Celebration. The Canada-based homebuilder opened sales earlier this summer for phase 1, which includes 238 single-family homes and townhomes; more than 1,000 homes will be completed at buildout. Island Village also will have its own K-5 school, which opens in 2023.

Have a tip about Central Florida development? Contact me at lkinsler@GrowthSpotter.com or (407) 420-6261, or tweet me at @byLauraKinsler. Follow GrowthSpotter on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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