Osceola County and the W192 Development Authority are currently working to develop a comprehensive set of design guidelines for streetscape, building and signage for the W192 Corridor between the County Line and Hoagland Boulevard. These guidelines will apply to properties with frontage adjacent to the corridor right-of-way and ultimately be wrapped into regulatory standards within the Land Development Code. The foundation for theming the corridor was set out by the W192 Redevelopment plan.
Median Landscaping Updates
As part of the redevelopment effort and new streetscapes on the corridor, Osceola County is receiving $2 million from the Florida Department of Transportation to refresh landscaping in the W192 median.
New Monument Sign Ordinance
Make sure you are in compliance before the deadline! As of September 1, 2022, all businesses that have frontage facing W192 will need to obey the new Monument Sign Ordinance. Grants are currently available to assist with the cost of a new sign for businesses that have still yet to oblige the new ordinance.
Street Pole Changes
Some individuals may have noticed a change as they drove on W192. Street poles are in the process of being painted to black as part of the W192 Plan. This change in streetscape will be appropriate for each subdistrict as they transform under the plan.
Roomba Inn and Suites
The Roomba Inn and Suites will soon be known as the Roomba Park & Play Resort. The original hotel, which was built 30 years ago, will be demolished and rebuilt in a $42 million dollar project that includes a new mid-scale service hotel and a mix of retail and entertainment. The W192 Development Authority has unanimously agreed that the resort will be the first catalyst project for the W192 Plan and will authorize up to $50,000 in assistance from our planning consultant, Logan Simpson. Roomba hopes to begin construction at the end of the year on the hotel, with completion of the hotel within 18 months.
Gaylord Palms Expansion
Gaylord Palms is getting a $150 million expansion. The expansion will include 303 guest rooms, 90,000 square feet of meeting and pre-function space, a multi-level parking garage and an expansion to the resort pool. Once the expansion is complete, the Gaylord Palms will feature more than 1,700 rooms and have 490,000 square feet of meeting and pre-function space. Construction of the expansions are expected to begin in the third quarter of 2018 with the target for completion being Spring of 2021.
Old Town Renovation
Currently under a multi-million dollar renovation and redevelopment, Old Town’s revamping will include a new pad site for a 6,500-square-foot restaurant, a new one-story carousel venue and a renovated 5,500-square-foot second generation restaurant available for lease. These new venues are part of the renovation along with a new cross-access between Old Town and Fun Spot and on-going weekly events like their famous car cruises as well as specialty events, such as concerts and holiday celebrations. When on W192, immediately visible is their new upgraded entrance, signage and new Ferris wheel at the entrance. Old Town is situated on 16 acres with 124,000 square feet of leasable retail space with a new parking lot that can accommodate up to 700 cars or even a large concert.