Construction has begun on downtown Kissimmee’s Hansel Plant, Sunrail Toho Square, part of a $65 million redevelopment project
The $16 million Toho Square project, located between Ruby Avenue and East Monument Avenue, includes a $7 million, 400-space parking garage, wrapped on three sides by 37 one-bedroom apartments for rent. The project developer is Mosaic Development.
Mosaic is also building 13 townhomes on Ruby and Monument avenues, which will include some small interior parking lots.
In addition, Mosaic is streetscaping Pleasant Street and Arlington Avenue at the north end of the project. The new streets will feature brick and white sidewalks to provide a cohesive tie to downtown Kissimmee, said Craig Holland, Kissimmee’s community redevelopment agency director.
The contractor for the garage is Tampa-based RR Simmons, and the contractor for the residential development is Lansing, Mich.-based Wieland Construction.
The redevelopment is also a block to two blocks away from the future downtown Kissimmee SunRail station, and less than a block away from Lakefront park.
“We’ve had a downtown plan for sometime, and it’s focused on bringing residential to downtown,” said Holland. “We just happened to have these 10 acres that we owned and had full control over. We’ve had a lot of development interest with SunRail coming, and we’re one of three stations where there’s an existing downtown.”
The parking garage and will be finished by the summer of 2017, in anticipation of SunRail’s arrival in early 2018, said Holland.
The apartments at Hansell Plant, the second portion of the development, should be ready soon after.
The Hansell Plant project includes a 120-room hotel, a 260-unit apartment complex and 15,000 square feet of commercial real estate space. The commercial space is being marketed for “lake-friendly” uses like restaurants, convenience stores or bike rental spaces, although Holland said it could be used as office space, as well. There will also be 3,500 square feet of community space.