Tupperware to add senior-living facility at proposed SunRail stop

News / 16.09.2014

Development around SunRail‘s proposed Tupperware Station in northern Osceola County is expected to include independent living for seniors in a mix of retail and apartments.

The Osceola County Commission this week gave the Orlando-based company greater flexibility in developing its 150-acre property near the commuter rail station scheduled to open in 2016.

The changes will allow Tupperware to restructure its development plans, but the changes will not alter the number of residential units or commercial plans previously approved for the property, said Thomas Roehlk, executive vice president and chief legal officer of Tupperware Brands Corp.

With the commission’s unanimous approval Monday night, Tupperware is expected to close a contract during the next month for Eastwind Acquisitions to build an independent-living facility with 146 to 160 units. Eastwind is also building a nearby, 216-unit apartment complex expected to benefit from its proximity to the SunRail station, which would service Hunter’s Creek in Orange County and portions of northern Osceola.

“It’s the vision of counties and state to do transit-oriented development with a mixed use of multi-family, office and retail,” Roehlk said. “The densities would support a pedestrian-friendly community where people live, work and play. We’ve bought into that vision, and that’s what we’re going to try to do.”

By late 2016, if local leaders are successful in winning federal tax dollars for SunRail expansion, Osceola will have three stations — at Tupperware Center, Kissimmee and Poinciana.

In addition to plans for aparments and senior housing, the company known for popularizing home-sales parties for plastic food containers is developing shops and hopes to bring a corporate headquarters into the development.

In April, Tupperware broke ground on the Crosslands, a 427,000-square-foot retail center at Osceola Parkway and Orange Blossom Trail. It includes tenants such as Marshalls, HomeGoods, Hobby Lobby, PetSmart, Academy Sports + Outdoors and Starbucks.

As approved, Tupperware’s plans allow about 2,500 residential units. Almost 1,000 units have been built or are under contract. It is also entitled to build about 1.8 million square feet of offices and an additional 950,000 square feet of commercial space in Orange County, Roehlk said.

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