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Streetlights Residential will build a 300-unit apartment community in the center of Celebration Island Village, shown in white.
Streetlights Residential will build a 300-unit apartment community in the center of Celebration Island Village, shown in white. (ATKINS/staff edit)

Three years after announcing plans to enter the Orlando market, Streetlights Residential confirmed it will build the 300-unit apartment complex in the heart of Celebration’s Island Village.

Master developer Mattamy Homes tapped the Dallas-based firm, which specializes in highrise buildings and New Urbanist projects that combine residential and ground-level retail uses. Island Village is the fifth and final residential village in the Disney master-planned community. Mattamy is currently developing Phase 1, which also includes 87 townhomes and 192 detached single-family homes.

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“We’re really excited to be a part of this project,” Streetlight’s Edward Wood told GrowthSpotter. “There’s no place in the world like Celebration.”

Multifamily developer Streetlights Residential filed this conceptual plan with Osceola County for the new community in Celebration.
Multifamily developer Streetlights Residential filed this conceptual plan with Osceola County for the new community in Celebration. (LRK)

Wood, who head’s the company’s office in Winter Park, held a pre-application meeting this week with Osceola County’s Development Review Committee. The development team includes ATKINS engineering and Looney Ricks Kiss Architects. Bennett Ruedas, land development manager for Mattamy Orlando, also sat in on the meeting.

Memphis-based LRK is the official town architect of Celebration and maintains an office there. Disney still exercises control on all building designs in Celebration as part of a deed restriction in the community. Streetlights has its own team of in-house architects but has collaborated with LRK on several projects.

Woods said the community would be wood-frame construction, consisting of seven 3-story residential buildings and two 4-story buildings that will be elevator-served. The apartments would have a combination of surface parking and “tuck-under” garages offering direct access to residential units. They plan to activate the ground level with 10,000 square feet of commercial space in one building and a leasing office in another.

“We’re thinking we’ll have a restaurant, some in-line retail and maybe a doctor’s office or vet office,” Wood said.

Learn what the developer has planned for Disney's Celebration.

The complex is designed to replicate the “main street” feeling in downtown Celebration. But he could offer few details about the finishes or amenities, which are still being reviewed by Disney. The company’s design philosophy is to create a boutique hotel atmosphere and sophisticated sense of place by using high sensory “touch and feel” finishes in amenity spaces and apartment homes, providing top tier design elements, amenities, and services.

“We’re going to bring that same level of quality to this market,” Wood said.

The conceptual site plan shows a pool and clubhouse across the street from the apartment buildings, and Wood said the amenity may be a shared asset, potentially operated by CROA. “That’s all still being negotiated,” he said.

Construction is slated to begin in Summer 2020 with a maximum 28-month buildout, Wood said.

Osceola’s DRC also held a pre-application meeting this week with Kimley-Horn’s Jordan Draper to review the conceptual site plan for Celebration Pointe, a 21-acre entertainment town center being developed by Unicorp National Developments. The complex at the World Drive interchange will be anchored by a 40,000-square-foot Dave & Buster’s and a 27,512-square-foot grocery store.

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