An Orlando-based manufacturer of dog waste bag stations that have become ubiquitous nationwide is planning to build a new corporate headquarters in southeast Orange County.
Founded in 1994, DogiPot claims to have invented the pet station concept that can now be found around most garden-style apartment complexes, subdivisions, resort hotels and public parks.
The company manufactures the metal stands with an attached trash bin, dog waste pick-up bags and related signage. DogiPot now sells its products around the world, and is expanding into production of dog park exercise equipment, benches and tables.
The company currently leases about 17,000 square feet of flex-industrial space at the Prologis-managed 2100 Principal Row, south of The Florida Mall.
"We've been in business for 24 years and it has been steady growth, but now that we're adding this new line of dog park equipment those products will take up a lot more space, and I knew it was time to make this investment," president David Canning told GrowthSpotter.
His new plans call for a 40,000-square-foot industrial warehouse with office space, related storage building and stormwater pond. DogiPot will likely lease a quarter of that space to another tenant in the near-term, Canning said.
To be located at 5340 Young Pine Road in east Orange County, directly north of the first phase of the Beltway Commerce Center, the vacant 5.11-acre parcel is currently occupied by a single manufactured home.
Canning bought the land through an affiliate for $575,000 in October 2015, and has led it through rezoning with MEI Civil.
A building permit application for the project is still under review by utilities staff. It will also go back before Orange's Development Review Committee in January, due to appeal of a five-foot-wide sidewalk requirement.
The warehouse would be a fabricated metal building with upgraded EIFS synthetic stucco material for the facade, said Bert Karpinski, president of Oviedo-based Ovation Construction and general contractor on the project.
"We haven't finalized who the subcontractors are yet or who the (metal building panels) manufacturer will be, we'll know that in the coming weeks," he said.
Canning estimates the project as a $4 million investment, and said he is close to securing a construction loan from a commercial bank for the majority.
His goal is for permitting and construction of the building to start in early 2018 and complete within the year, in step with the final months of DogiPot's lease on Principal Row.