This fantastic aerial photo of Celebration was posted by Nectar Real Estate today. Click photo for larger version.
This fantastic aerial photo of Celebration was posted by Nectar Real Estate today. Click photo for larger version.
I’m happy to report that Celebration has a hardware store again!
From their team:
Established in 2012, Celebration Hardware Company has joined the Celebration Community. Located at the Water Tower Shoppes, we offer a broad selection of hardware, paint, tools and related items in addition to offering key duplication and custom paint color matching services.
The founding members of Celebration Hardware Company are Celebration residents and members of a family owned hardware store that has been serving Metropolitan New York since 1947.
Many of the residents of Celebration we have talked to informed of us the importance of price. We have merchandised our store based on decades of experience in the hardware industry and have priced our goods to be competitive with large big box retailers.”
Our Core Assortments include the following:
Electrical and Lighting
Hardware and Tools
Lawn and Garden
Paint and Sundries
They’re located at 57 Blake Blvd. For more information, see their site at celebrationhardware.com.
On August 14, a Community meeting was held at the Celebration Town Hall to update residents on various commercial projects here. Presentations were given by the West Osceola Library, Panera Bread, David Weekley, Publix, Verizon, Celebration Health, and The Celebration Company.
West Osceola Library
Construction is in progress, due to wrap up around the first of the year, with a projected opening of February 1. The Walt Disney Company generously made a $150,000 gift to the Library, which the Library accepted. The Celebration Company announced the donation of a parcel of land adjacent to the new library to CROA for civic and recreational use (see TCC below).
Panera is on track to break ground soon. They estimate 4 months of construction, putting them at a possible opening date towards the end of the year. They stated that the first week’s profits will be donated to the new Library. There will be access from both 192 and Celebration Place.
David Weekley Homes
David Weekley announced a new mixed use community project: Spring Lake at Celebration. It will be situated along Celebration Boulevard between Siena and Celebration High School, on the same side of the road as Siena. Spring Lake will features homes ranging from the low $200k to the $400s, with unit sizes from 1600-2900 square feet. As opposed to the original David Weekley homes in Celebration, these will be block construction. The builder is working to finalize details, and are aiming to break ground at end of December, with a Sales Center opening in Spring 2013. Village amenities will include a pool, amenity center, trails connecting to the rest of Celebration, proposed fitness area, and a tot lot. The pool will be available to CROA members, and the existing CROA parks and pools will be available to Spring Lake residents (as they will be paying CROA and CDD fees). Total development size is 39 acres.
The question of NEV traffic came up. It was suggested that speed limits would need to be reduced to 35 mph along Celebration Blvd to handle NEV traffic.
SBA (on behalf of Verizon Wireless)
A new tower will be placed behind the substation on Celebration Blvd for mobile phone coverage. Verizon Wireless will see the first improvements. There is capacity on the tower for two additional providers to co-locate, and it was hinted that AT&T would want to locate on that tower.
The new Publix at Water Tower Place is slightly ahead of schedule, and it’s looking promising for a November opening. The store is 49,000 square feet, or about 4000 sf bigger than the current Xentury City one. There’s a large expansion of Greenwise Products. The store will feature a salad bar, olive bar, expanded sushi department (with on-site sushi chef), and custom meats counter. There will be an on-site pharmacy with drive-through. Wine selection will be about 1.5x the size of the current store.
There are only 4 of these types of stores in the company. The existing Publix will close the day before the new store opens.
Celebration Health announced plans for two more buildings. One will be a four story, 80,000 square foot medical office building, with primarily women’s health services. It will be built out in stages — not all 80,000 sf will be completed right away. Construction starts in September 2012, with an 11 month build time.
The other is a parking garage. Current parking deficit is about 150 spots a day. The new garage will be 6 stories and 1032 spots, and begins construction on September 5.
The Celebration Company
The Celebration Company (TCC) had several significant developments to report. The first few updates relate to the Celebration Civic Corridor, a series of parcels dedicated to the civic needs of the community. The new library is part of that and opens in February. TCC has deeded another parcel to the Celebration Community Development District (CDD) for an office complex for their staff in support of community. One parcel is for Celebration Golf Course for back house facilities. That leaves two parcels.
One 4.75 acre parcel will go to CROA general civic and recreation use. This is the parcel adjacent to the new library.
The last parcel, a 23 acre plot next to Celebration Avenue, will also go to CROA, with exact use to be determined later by CROA. The Celebration Company will also donating $400,000 to clear and land fill the site. After these deeds, all of the Celebration Civic Corridor parcels are spoken for.
TCC is in final negotiations with a developer to build a new multi-family residental complex along Celebration Blvd. They are proposing 346 multifamily units on a site previously sold to a hotel developer that then went into bankruptcy. This project will bring apartments back into Celebration, and it’s expected that construction would start as soon as feasible once negotiations are completed. Residents of the apartments would be able to use CROA parks and pools, but, similar to Georgetown, Siena, or Artisan, the apartment facilities would only be open to residents of the apartments.
Concerns about traffic along Celebration Boulevard due to the new developments were expressed by several residents. TCC indicated traffic lights were previously planned and funded for Campus St. and Waterside Dr. They would need to work with Osceola County to make it happen once it’s decided the time is right.
Please send corrections or updates to email@example.com, or comment here.
Our new bakery/deli, Sweet Escape, is now open at 603 Market Street here in Celebration.
Their menu as of today is below (click to embiggen):
Yesterday I ordered an apple turnover and coffee. This morning it was a egg & ham croissant and coffee that I consumed while working on my laptop using their free wifi. There have only been one or two operational hiccups that I’ve noticed, minor things that I attribute to the staff working on settling into their routines. My apple turnover, which I asked for to-go, was placed in a plastic sandwich container, as opposed to a more environmentally-friendly brown paper bag, and today’s croissant sandwich took a little longer than I expected, but again, these are minor things. I will say that the ham & egg croissant (“The Rush” that I asked the cheese be left off it) exceeded expectations, and I’m looking forward to having a lunchtime sandwich there soon.
To earn the privilege of giving Comcast $80 every month, I need to drive across Orlando to a payment center and show them my driver’s license.
This was the news delivered to me on Monday morning by telephone by someone trying to process my move order from old house to new house. They are not able to process my order for new TV and high-speed Internet service until I get in my car, drive 19 miles down I-4, show them my drivers license, then get back in my car and drive back home. At that point they would be happy to schedule an installer to come to the house and hook up my service. I was offered no other possible remedies, despite pointing out several times that this was an undue burden for opening an account. Can I fax a copy of my drivers license? No.
The reason I was given is that the previous occupants of this home have an outstanding balance. This is not my problem.
With DSL for Internet and satellite for TV being perfectly acceptable substitutes for a coax cable, does Comcast really want to be throwing up barriers to signup?
I’ve engaged @ComcastCares and @ComcastWill, and while they’ve been responsive, I’m still looking for a call or email that can give me a yes or no as to whether Comcast would like me as a customer. The only reason I’ve waited 2 days so far is that I own a cable modem I’m really happy with!
Some information is out now for Sweet Escape Celebration, a new food location at the top of Market Street between Thai Thani and the Post Office. The official web site has some basics, and today I received an email (as I had previously filled out an online survey) that included a video and link to a FAQ.
I’ll be interested to know more about how outdoor seating will be arranged and if there will be wifi. Regardless, I’m looking forward to this new addition to our community.
This press release was issued by Clarion Partners today regarding their acquisition of the Water Tower Shoppes for $18.3 million. The release also indicates that a Publix grocery store will anchor the plaza.
A grocery store on “this side” of 192 will be more convenient for NEV owners and bike riders than the current Publix at Xentury City.
John Baker of JB Creative sent a press release about a new movie about Celebration. John is a filmmaker and Celebration resident.
From the press release:
Celebration is a thriving, diverse and multi-cultural community, set against the backdrop of picturesque homes and public buildings, architecture, nature and scenery.
But to outsiders who visit the town, or read about us in international news reports, there is a common misconception that we live in a pre-fabricated neighborhood, overshadowed by the ominous Walt Disney World and conditioned to live by the rules and regulations of a strict governing home owner’s association.
The Town That Disney Built is a new documentary film that celebrates and honors the Celebration community, with the simple aim: “To document and celebrate the day-to-day lives and times of the residents of Celebration – and to give the community at large a glimpse inside our town, to see what Celebration is truly like – and cut through the mystique, the drama and the misconceptions that exist about our community.”
For more information, and to order, visit www.thetownthatdisneybuilt.com.
At the Water Tower shopping center:
The Pep Boys does a great job and should be trusted.
Platinum Dance is closing to make room for Sweet Bay.
The jewelry store is awesome.
A new bicycle shop (Evolve Bicycles) is moving in. (OK, this one is true).
There’s a friendly homeless person there.
Platinum Dance is not closing to make room for Sweet Bay.
The library will close or move due to a new major tenant.
There’s a French restaurant there.
Platinum Dance is moving to make room for Sweet Bay.
Joe’s Crab Shack is closing to make room for laser tag.
The jewelry store owner is crabby. He’ll kick you out of the band and steal all your good ideas.
There’s an unfriendly homeless person there.
The Pep Boys is terrible. They’ll charge $7000 for an oil change and then make fun of your clothes.
They may be putting in some sort of Publix modeled after Whole Foods.
And I’m sure I’m missing some, so please feel free to add. And yes, one of these is made up.
Celebration will be hosting a unique event on May 21 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm called Savor the Flavors. Dine with friends and neighbors in the open air of Market and Front Streets in downtown Celebration. All the dining establishments downtown are offering prix fixe meals, with the price including dinner, listed complimentary alcoholic beverages, gratuity, taxes, and a charitable donation to benefit Florida Hospital – Celebration Health.
A nice-looking flyer, including the menu for each restaurant, is available at savortheflavors.net. Questions can be answered by calling (407) 566-1200, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CelebrationRecreation.
The hardest part is deciding which terrific Celebration restaurant to choose!