Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Kaledia Health reviews Gates Circle plan

 Three new proposals for the Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital reuse are on the table and being reviewed by the Kaleida Health offices.
The prospective occupants stepped forward with their claim to reuse the old site of the hospital within the last few weeks.
“As of now, we are looking at three proposals and we will consider the one that is the best for us and for this city,” said Mike Hughes, vice president and chief marketing officer at Kaleida Health.
In March 2012, the hospital closed and moved to the Gates Vascular institute, located at 875 Ellicott St. on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
Chason Affinity, a real estate development company based in Buffalo had a proposal in the reuse project fall through in July. The company was unable to finalize plans with DeVry University’s Ross School of Veterinary Medicine, a veterinary school based out of the Caribbean side of the West Indies in St. Kitts.
Kaleida wants to transfer this property to a "creative, responsible, high-quality redeveloper as soon as possible," according to its website.
"Obviously, every time there is an opportunity like this, that's what we look for," Hughes said. "Two hundred jobs and thousands of students would have been great for this city." By Mike Lofreddo