Developers Propose Potential Uses for Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital Site

Released: 6/21/2012

Kaleida Health held a community forum Wednesday, June 20, 2012, on its “Hospital Reuse Design/Development Competition” for the old Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital. 

The event included a presentation and exhibits from the two competitors who submitted qualified proposals for the Gates Circle site, Chason Affinity and Uniland Development. 

Chason Affinity’s proposal calls for a new “School of Veterinary Medicine” with selective demolition, adaptive reuse, historic preservation, with a total project cost of $65 million. The proposal is based on observation of shortages of veterinarians nationwide and lack of vet school spots.   

Uniland Development is proposing “Chapin Place” including condominiums, apartments, townhouses, a wellness center, office space, retail, and a boutique hotel, featuring both the Lancaster Avenue extension suggested by the Urban Land Institute and creation of an Olmsted-styled park on the Chapin Parkway axis. Total project cost is approximately $100 million. 

Both developer presentations are considered proposals only, meaning images presented and publicized are conceptual only and are not considered a final product or plan. 

For copies of the proposals (including PDFs of proposed developments), visit http://www.kaleidahealth.org/uli/.

Kaleida Health has committed to a transparent reuse process for the hospital. The goal of the reuse process is to find a suitable developer who is interested in the property, or help determine other future possibilities for the site. 

A project advisory committee led by former Kaleida Health Board Chair Edward F. (Ted) Walsh, Jr., has been working to promote communication between the community and the hospital reuse process.  The committee includes neighbors, block club leaders, local business leaders, planners, community activists and other interested parties. 

Robert G. Shibley, the Dean of Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo, founder of the Urban Design Project and a lead consultant on city and regional projects including the Comprehensive Plan for the City of Buffalo, is helping facilitate the public dialogue process for Kaleida Health.  Cassidy Turley, a national leader in real estate consultation, is also assisting in the process.

Professor Shibley will lead a jury of community leaders and Kaleida Health officials in judging the reuse contest. The jury will make a recommendation that will go to the Kaleida Health board of directors. The goal is to have a decision of a preferred developer by July 1, 2012. 

In 2011, Kaleida Health engaged the internationally renowned Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the University at Buffalo’s Urban Design Project to study the reuse concept. 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 is aimed at getting 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. 

On March 28, 2012, the new Gates Vascular Institute opened adjacent to the Buffalo General Medical Center.  The opening of the new facility, which is now Western New York’s hub for stroke care, cardiac surgery and vascular services, marked the official closing of Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital. 

Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Reuse Timeline 

January 2011
Kaleida Health engages the internationally renowned Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the University at Buffalo’s Urban Design Project to study the reuse concept. 

June 2011
Kaleida Health engages national real estate consulting firm of Cassidy Turley (Tom Powers lead), based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

January 2012
Cassidy Turley directs a “Request for Interest” (RFI) to 177 national firms who have demonstrated experience in hospital reuse. 

February 2012
The RFI becomes a “Request for Proposal” (RFP). The RFP becomes an “International Design Development Competition” with $1 million for the winning entry to be paid upon approval of the development proposal and a closing on a property transfer. Cassidy Turley and the Urban Design Project direct RFP solicitations to 55 national and local developers, and to 92 architectural firms with whom Kaleida Health had discussions with, based upon the RFI. 

March 2012
Fourteen (14) firms respond to the RFP, and register for the design/development competition.  Competitors tour the MFG campus. 

April 2012
The registrant list declines to 13.  At the request of the competitors, Kaleida Health extends the response/registration deadline.   Competitors continue to tour the MFG Campus. 

May 2012
Kaleida Health receives four expressions of interest in the Millard Gates reuse project.  Competitor tours of the campus continue. 

June 2012
Kaleida Health has two qualified entries for the competition.  Competitor tours of the campus continue.