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Local leaders, project developers break ground on Crosslands

Posted on Friday, April 18, 2014 at 11:15 am

By Ken Jackson
Staff Writer
Touting it as the first project in Osceola County that meshes economic development with mass transit, local leaders and project developers officially broke ground Wednesday at the future site of Crosslands Center at the intersection of Osceola Parkway and Orange Blossom Trail in north Kissimmee.

News-Gazette Photo/Ken Jackson Local leaders and project developers officially broke ground Wednesday at the future site of Crosslands Center at the intersection of Osceola Parkway and Orange  Blossom Trail in north Kissimmee.

News-Gazette Photo/Ken Jackson
Local leaders and project developers officially broke ground Wednesday at the future site of Crosslands Center at the intersection of Osceola Parkway and Orange
Blossom Trail in north Kissimmee.

The complex, which will have 427,000 square feet of retail space at completion, is less than a mile from the proposed SunRail station that will be a part of Phase II of the major Central Florida mass transportation system.
Osceola County Manager Don Fisher said at Wednesday’s opening ceremony the complex is the cornerstone of what should become an urban core that would include living and working space.
“This is the first project in Osceola County discussed in the context of a SunRail station. You can live there, work there,” he said. “There’s the potential for a variety of uses that would not be happening if not for the SunRail station.”
The development is the brainchild of the Deerfield Land Corporation, the real estate subsidiary of Tupperware Brands, headquartered on OBT just east of the development.
Tom Roehlk, Tupperware executive vice president, chief legal officer and secretary, noted that Deerfield also had a hand in the development of the Loop and Loop West.
“We began farther west, but now we are making our trek east,” he said, noting the proposed SunRail station planned near the intersection of Osceola Parkway and Orange Avenue. “We see having development that surrounds us at Tupperware. The county has been very helpful in making this project take place and move along at a good clip.”
Bill O’Connor of New York real estate development firm O’Connor Capital Partners, an equity partner with Tupperware in the project, said the timing was perfect for all those involved to get
on board.
“This is one of the first ground-up developments of this size since the global financial crisis, so we’re excited to be a part of it,” he said.
Roehlk said about 85 percent of the retail space already has signed-on tenants. The Crosslands will mostly include retailers who are not at The Loop, although Ross will have a store in both complexes.
Anchor stores lined up include Hobby Lobby, Academy Sports, Haverty’s Furniture, Marshall’s, Home Goods, PetSmart, Orange Fitness, Discovery, Five Below and Boot Barn. Starbucks and Cheddar’s Casual Café are the only eateries currently listed. Medical and dental offices also are expected.
Commissioners Frank Attkisson and John Quiñones, whose districts border each other at Orange Blossom Trail, also attended Wednesday. Quiñones called the area “the gateway to Osceola County” and said the county helped create a business climate possible to get a project like this built through incentives and streamlining its building
permit process.
“This is going to be what everybody sees when they come to Kissimmee from Orange Blossom Trail: a corporate environment and good companies that are community partners, and that’s what we wanted to attract,”
he said.
Said Attkisson: “It’s here not because Tupperware decided to build, but because everything came together. This is the result of positive decisions coming together to get ourselves out of the recession and look forward to a great future.”
An interior road will connect Osceola Parkway and Orange Blossom Trail at already-signaled intersections at Centerview Boulevard and at the light at Osceola County School for the Arts.

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