New Coronavirus diagnostic, research lab leases last spot in Collin County project

Renaissance Pathology has selected the balance of a mixed-use project in Collin County’s Creekwalk Village to launch Aperture Next-Gen Laboratory Enterprises, a coronavirus diagnostic, research and development facility. The lab will open Aug. 1 in 4,780 square feet of move-in ready space at 609 W. 15th Street in Plano, Texas. The second-floor suite features five private offices, conference room and kitchen, previously home to a medical spa. Janet Scholl, president of the retail/restaurant division of Wingert Real Estate represented the tenant. “It’s a beautiful space and in perfect condition,” sayid Leigh Richter, executive vice president of Bradford Commercial Real Estate Services. She represents the landlord, Suriya Legacy LP, along with her husband, Paul Richter, a vice president in the Dallas-based brokerage firm. Creekwalk Village’s new tenant will be performing COVID-19 testing while researching and developing new methods aimed at hastening the process. Initially, the lab will process molecular diagnostic specimens from physicians. There will be no walk-in services. Aperture Next-Gen’s long-term goal is to create same-day or next-day virus screening services for schools and corporate clients. Future research will include monitoring and identifying COVID-19 mutations by next-generation sequencing. “People need answers in less than three days so they can do something with their results,” said Dr. James Davie, lab director. “We don’t want students, teachers and coworkers living in a constant state of fear of catching COVID from a peer.” With a power center on its doorstep, the 19,923-square-foot, mixed-use project has been particularly attractive to medical users. Aperture Next-Gen is joining a tenant lineup that includes a dental office, physical therapy and massage therapist. Mattress Firm is the retail anchor. The Bradford client also owns the adjacent Norma’s Café. The assets are situated within Creekwalk Village, a 175,000-square-foot, 15-store power center of big box national brands. The properties are located a few blocks from Central Expressway/US Highway 75 and roughly 17 miles northeast of the Dallas CBD.