726 Exchange Street
Buffalo, NY 14210
Hospital Reuse Design/Development Competition
Kaleida Health committed to a transparent re-use process for the Millard Fillmore Gates Circle site. The goal of the re-use process was to find a suitable developer who was interested in the property, or help determine other future possibilities for the site.
In 2011, Kaleida Health engaged the internationally renowned Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the University at Buffalo’s Urban Design Project to study the re-use concept. A project advisory committee led by former Kaleida Health Board Chair Ted Walsh has been working to promote communication between the community and the hospital re-use process. The committee includes neighbors, block club leaders, local business leaders, planners, community activists and other interested parties.
Earlier this year, Kaleida Health released an official RFP for a Hospital Reuse Design/Development Competition to the local and national development community. The competition aimed to get the best ideas and the most capable developers to do something great with Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital -- great for the neighborhood and city, great for the developer, and great for Kaleida Health.
In August 2012, Kaleida Health selected the Chason Affinity Group to develop the former Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital site.
Chason Affinity’s proposal calls for a new “School of Veterinary Medicine” with selective demolition, adaptive reuse, and historic preservation, for a total estimated project cost of $65 million.
The designated developer status is contingent upon Chason Affinity securing financing for the project and securing the veterinary school tenant for the site.
- Press Release - June 20, 2012
- Public Comment Sheet
- Competition Presentation and Exhibit Invitation
- Design/Development Competition Invitation for Submissions
- Development Competition Release
- Kaleida dangles $1M carrot for Gates redevelopment – Business First
- What to do with an empty hospital? – Buffalo News