Millard Fillmore Gates Circle to Become Senior Housing, Mixed-Use Project
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Those seeking senior housing may soon get to Gates. The former Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital site will become a home for senior housing under new development announced Monday.
TM Montante Development, whose local roots date back more than 75 years, plans a mixed use development that will feature a $28 million downtown campus of Canterbury Woods as its centerpiece, along with other elements.
“TM Montante’s proposal is visionary, is a great reuse of the hospital campus and clearly meets a community need,” said James R. Kaskie, president and CEO of Kaleida Health. “Bringing Canterbury Woods into the City of Buffalo will be a tremendous economic impact, add jobs, and redefine retirement living in this neighborhood.”
Canterbury Woods, the region’s premier Continuing Care Retirement Community, is sponsored by Episcopal Church Home & Affiliates, which has been providing healthcare and related services to the Western New York community since 1858.
“Providing local residents the chance to remain in or relocate to the city’s core while taking advantage of the lifestyle that Canterbury Woods offers, is a landmark opportunity,” said Rob Wallace, Episcopal Church Home & Affiliates president and CEO. “For our part, we believe bringing Canterbury Woods to Gates Circle addresses a need and is in keeping with the important residential history of this beautiful city neighborhood.”
Canterbury Woods will feature independent living and assisted living apartments prominently situated on Gates Circle facing Chapin Parkway.
TM Montante Development will invest $35 million to develop a series of mixed-use facilities, including market-rate and for-sale residential options, retail and a community health and wellness center. The project will feature a number of green and sustainable design elements, including a meaningful solar component as a source of alternative energy, as well as significant green space. The plan seeks to extend Lancaster Avenue through the site to connect with Linwood Avenue.
Environmental remediation and site preparation is expected to start in the spring of 2014, with construction activity targeted for late 2014. The majority of development is expected to be complete by the end of 2016.