UPDATED: September 27, 2018 11:10 AM — A Boca Raton-based plasma collection company appears to be headed to Kissimmee's Gateway Station, making it the second such company to locate in the same shopping center next to the new Tupperware SunRail station and walking distance from the new Orlando Health Tupperware campus.
CSL Plasma spokeswoman Mary Coates told GrowthSpotter the company has been working with the owner of the plaza for several months on plans for a build-to-suit donation center.
"CSL Plasma is planning on building from the ground-up a 12,000-square-foot building with approximately 50 beds," Coates said. "CSL has 200 centers across the country and is aggressively expanding."
The company, a division of CSL Behring, is one of the world's largest collectors of human plasma. It currently operates donation centers in Orlando, Orange City, Lakeland and Longwood. The Kissimmee location is one of 42 new centers on the company's coming soon list.
"We are always looking for opportunities and because the Orlando area has a large population… there is potential for future locations," Coates said.
The company chose the plaza because it was well maintained and "highly visited" and for its public transit access through SunRail, she added.
BioLife Plasma Services has filed construction plans for a 15,210-square-foot plasma center on a 3-acre outparcel fronting on Osceola Parkway. A standard 15,000-square-foot center, like the one proposed in Kissimmee, would employ between 50-70 people and pay up to $2 million per year to plasma donors.
Kissimmee Senior Planner Ashley Cornelison said the initial BioLife plans have already been reviewed and returned to the applicant with staff comments. "They are working through the process," she said.
That parcel is not owned by PMAT, the Louisiana-based real estate firm that bought Gateway Station in 2016 for $10.65 million.
Last year PMAT President Kevin Kush told GrowthSpotter the company was planning a 43,000-square-foot addition with multiple tenant spaces adjacent to the retail strip on the north side of the plaza. Coates confirmed that would be the location of the new plasma center.
"The landlord is planning to construct a new building in his plaza for our use beginning this winter," Coates said. The projected opening date is late summer 2019.
PMAT declined to comment for this story.