Miami investors prep two Seminole County sites for Kiddie Academy, seek more

Two Miami-area investors plan on building four Kiddie Academy early learning & child development centers in Greater Orlando, one of which has been approved by Seminole County planners and another now under review.

Jason Glaser and John Strzalka, based in North Miami Beach, have a build-to-suit contract with Kiddie Academy for four of the learning centers. Seminole planners have approved the site plan for the first of these, near Oviedo at Via Loma Drive and West S.R. 426.


Strzalka told GrowthSpotter he and Glaser, under the partnership JGL Holdings LLC, have bought the 0.869-acre lot and hope to start construction this spring. Records of the sale had not been recorded as of Friday.

Insight on which local real estate developer is leading site selection for the owner-operator of a growing preschool chain.

"We're targeting probably toward the end of May to start construction," he said, "and hopefully prior to the end of the year the building will be open for the January (2019) enrollment of students there."

The county is reviewing plans for the partners' second proposed Kiddie Academy near Sanford, a 0.96-acre lot on Oregon Street, near S.R. 46. Strzalka said construction on that site will probably be 30 days behind the Via Loma Drive location.

The men also are looking at potential sites for two other Kiddie Academy centers in the region, but Strzalka declined to identify the areas.

"Central Florida is a high-growth market that has a lot of young families," Strzalka said, "and it makes a lot of sense to be building these businesses there."

The learning center near Oviedo will include classrooms and offices totaling 9,504 square feet with a 3,900-square-foot playground and 27 parking spaces, according to plans filed with Seminole County. Kimley-Horn is civil engineer on the project.

Strzalka said he and Glaser are finalizing contracts with general contractors for the first two projects, but declined to name the firms.

Glaser is vice president of TCII Capital Group, a full-service real estate firm that has purchased several commercial properties in the Orlando area over the past year.

Kiddie Academy was founded 35 years ago and has dozens of franchised sites around the country, including in Apopka, Longwood, Lake Mary, Orlando and Clermont. The company has a proprietary curriculum called "Life's Essentials," and age-based learning programs for children from infants and toddlers up to school children 12 and under.

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