Plans for a new Walmart Supercenter in Kissimmee are moving forward. The retailer received permits for the supercenter and gas station late last week.
"We've been in extension discussions with them, both about the rezoning and the new standards in our land development code for big-box stores," said Joe Johnston, deputy administrator for the county's community development office.
Johnston said the approved permit calls for 189,067-square-foot store plus a 16-pump gas station and convenience store.
Walmart is the first applicant to fall under the new big-box standards, which require increased landscape buffers and better maintenance of signs, decorative features and overhangs. It also requires big box stores to keep their fences and boundaries "free of litter and debris" and to contain exterior lighting onsite.
The retailer has 60 days to submit a revised building plan that complies with the new standards. Longview, FL-based J. Raymond Construction is the contractor.
Osceola County Commissioners in August unanimously approved a rezoning request for the property that had been tabled a month before. At the time, commissioners questioned whether a big-box retailer was the appropriate use in the heart of the county's tourism corridor.
The rezoning from planned development to Tourist Commercial had the blessing of county staff and the W192 Development Authority. The 25-acre site is located on Old Lake Wilson Road and U.S. 192 just a few miles south of Disney property.
The site is currently owned by Oakwater Development Corp. It was previously approved with entitlements for nearly 152,000 square feet of retail space, including restaurant outparcels and a grocery store.
Walmart opened 16 new supercenters in the quarter that ended July 31 and is on track to build as many as 70 in the U.S. this year. The company is in the process of hiring a contractor to build a 191,022-square-foot supercenter in the new Hamlin Town Center in Horizon West.