The association held a groundbreaking Friday to announce the news, decades in the making according to its membership.
Expected to be completed in nine months by ARCO Construction of Tampa, the 9,000 square foot facility will be two stories, and include a parking facility. It will have plenty of space for association business, as well as classroom and committee meeting space that OSCAR can rent out, so the building can benefit the immediate community.
Renderings show neo-classic look that will highlight a very busy meeting of roads once Cross Prairie links Partin Settlement to the blossoming Kindred neighborhood to points north that include Kissimmee’s Florida’s Turnpike interchange.
“With the new year, our goals and objectives, this is OSCAR moving forward. The county sees this as one of those buildings that will be pivotal to the area. It’s going to set the tone for what happens at this critical junction in the County.”
The new building replaces OSCAR’s current one, which opened in 1984. Its Board of Directors chose to erect a new building on the current site over renovating the current structure.
Board of Director Chair Jeff Perry said it’s fitting that the association moves on at the opening of a new decade.
“I love calling it the Roaring ’20s, because that’s what going to happen here,” he said at Friday’s groundbreaking. “We started talking about a new building some 20 years ago, but for what ever reason the timing was never right. But the time came for it to make sense and the number aligned. This board worked many hours ton a fabulous building every one of our members will love. We have a fabulous team with Twis (Lizasuain, OSCAR’s CEO) and our past leadership. This truly was a team effort and something we’ll all be proud to have.”
Growing into a bigger building is apropos in 2020, Board of Directors Danny Hernandez said.
“As the county is growing it’s obvious our association needed to grow,” he said. “We serve our community, we’re in the business of putting families in homes, so our ability to do that has needed to grow.”