Thursday, September 23, 2021

Plasma donation center wins court approval to open in city

The former Rite Aid building on the corner of Wayne and Ford roads in Westland will soon see some new blood.

Octapharma, a plasma donation center, will remodel and renovate the building as part of a consent judgment reached with the city in Wayne County Circuit Court. The proposed facility was rejected by a vote of city council members last September. 

Octapharma directors subsequently filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn that decision. The consent agreement allows the donation center to open but requires the removal of the drive-through canopy used by Rite Aid and prohibits the use of any outdoor storage. Improvements to the building fa├žade and exterior are also required by the agreement.

In addition, Octapharma must, as a condition of the consent judgment, join the Westland Chamber of Commerce within a year of opening the facility.

Octapharma operates multiple donation centers in the state and 80 facilities nationwide, according to the company website, and employs about 3,500 people.