Originally Published in Business First Buffalo On March 25th, 2014. Article written by James Fink. http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/news/2014/03/25/ub-institute-to-assist-in-gates-circle-revamp.html
To help craft a community consensus for the future of the former Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital property, TM Montante Development has retained the UB Regional Institute to work on the immediate neighborhood and stakeholders.
TM Montante was selected last fall by Kaleida Health to redevelop the 10-acre site that overlooks Gates Circle. Plans call for a mixed-use development, anchored by an urban senior housing campus developed by Canterbury Woods. The Canterbury Woods project, alone, carries a $28 million development price tag.
The entire Gates Circle complex may also include residential options, retail components and a community health and wellness center. TM Montante pegs the entire development will cost at least $63 million.
Key to the project will be a variety of green and sustainable design elements. Working with TM Montante will be Robert Shibley, the University at Buffalo dean of architecture and planning and Bradshaw Hovey, who works with Shibley at UB on various city and urban planning initiatives. Shibley and Hovey worked closely with Kaleida Health and the Urban Land Institute two years ago as the future of the Gates Circle property was detailed in a series of community meetings.
“TM Montante’s plan stood out as exceptional because it brings together the right mix of partners and ideas,” Shibley said. “It is important, during this predevelopment period, to have thoughtful discussions with the community and to
solicit community input to move this project vision forward. A project of this scale and importance deserves attention and conversation to ensure the end result is something the greater community will embrace.”