Originally published by The Buffalo News on April 21, 2017
By: Jonathan D. Epstein
TM Montante Development and Morgan Communities have kicked off the $150 million redevelopment of the former Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital site into “Lancaster Square at Gates Circle.”
Montante acquired the 10-acre property from Kaleida Health, demolished buildings and built new streets. That has positioned the developers to start construction.
The project includes up to 470 residential units, storefronts, offices, a fitness center and a grocery store. In addition, Canterbury Woods and People Inc. are erecting senior living facilities. Montante and Morgan have submitted plans for their first building, but still have to formulate other components, negotiate with the city and overcome financing hurdles.
Here’s a look:
1. Canterbury Woods: $41 million senior complex, with 53 independent-living and five assisted-living units.
Status: The project, an urban version of Canterbury’s Williamsville community, is under construction on a 1.4-acre parcel.
2. Apartments and retail: $13.4 million, six-story building with three first-floor retail spaces and 60 market-rate apartments, a rooftop deck and some balconies.
Status: Plans have been filed with the city. The proposal for the 67,000-square-foot building will be considered by the Planning Board on May 8.
3. Future buildings: Tentative plans call for a pair of large mixed-use buildings, with first-floor retail, commercial offices and residential units on the upper floors.
Status: Still in flux. The eastern building will likely include a 25,000-square-foot grocery store. The location of a 50,000-square-foot fitness center is uncertain.
4. Homeopathic hospital: Adaptive reuse of 1911 hospital buildings in line with plans for the rest of the neighborhood.
Status: Needs alternative financing after being rejected for historic tax credits because the rest of the hospital had been torn down.
5. Streets and parking: New roads, a central square, new infrastructure, landscaping and purchase of city ramp.
Status: In progress. Montante extended Lancaster Avenue from Delaware to Linwood and connected it with a new road north to Lafayette Avenue.
6. People Inc.: $11 million, three-story building with 37 low-income senior housing units, on 1.1 acres across Linwood Avenue from main hospital site.
Status: Approved by city. Construction set to begin in September or October on a vacant former hospital parking lot at 637 Linwood Ave.