Development Agreement in Place for Deaconess Center Site

Updated: 6/15/2012

Kaleida Health has signed a development agreement with the Community Action Organization of Erie County Inc. for the old Deaconess Center in Buffalo. 

Kaleida Health will demolish the 268,000-square-foot facility, located at 1001 Humboldt Parkway in Buffalo, to make it shovel ready for the Community Action Organization (CAO).  

CAO plans to construct new headquarters, additional office space, a community service center, classrooms and housing on the site, while preserving the Gethsemane Manor Apartments, a senior living facility. The CAO also plans to locate a Head Start Academy on this site and is working through a plan to stimulate home improvements in the surrounding areas. 

CAO successfully developed the nearby St. Martin Village on Best and Northampton streets.  St. Martin Village consists of 60 recently constructed units of housing with a community center, including restoration of three historic structures. 

Demolition of the Deaconess site is expected to begin this summer. 

The Deaconess Center is a former hospital that closed in 1986.  Most recently, the Deaconess Center served as a nursing home for Kaleida Health but closed in December 2011 to make way for the organization’s new long-term care facility, HighPointe on Michigan. 

HighPointe on Michigan marks the consolidation of two Kaleida Health nursing homes, the 242-bed DeaconessCenter and the 75-bed skilled-nursing unit located inside Millard Fillmore Gates CircleHospital, both of which are now closed.