Kaleida Health Names Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation Designated Developer of Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo
The Kaleida Health Board of Directors announced the designation following their June meeting.
“We are very pleased to be able to take the next step in the process of redeveloping the Bryant Street campus,” said Michael P. Hughes, senior vice president for Kaleida Health. “We had four outstanding proposals, and we thank the development teams for participating and honoring this process. The community will ultimately benefit from their great work.”
Ciminelli is proposing “QueensLight,” a transformational project featuring residential, educational, retail, hospitality and public spaces that is designed to “bring new energy” to the Elmwood Village. Their partners include Tapestry Charter School, EduKids, Delaware Soccer Club, INNVest Lodging Services, S(P)ark! Buffalo, Resource Art and the Albright Knox Art Gallery.
In December of 2015, Ciminelli, Ellicott Development, Sinatra & Company Real Estate and Uniland Development all submitted formal proposals to Kaleida Health. The request for proposals (RFP) was guided by Kaleida Health’s volunteer and community-based Project Advisory Committee (PAC).
The Project Advisory Committee is made up of nearly two dozen neighbors and community leaders who have been working to help formalize the campus reuse strategy. Robert G. Shibley, the Dean of Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo, founder of the Urban Design Project, chairs the committee.
Oishei Children’s Hospital, which is under construction on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, will open in late 2017 and replace the nearly 125-year old Bryant Street facility.
The Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo property is comprised of seven interconnected buildings constructed between 1917 and 1995, and encompassing approximately 617,000 square feet on a site between Bryant Street and Hodge Avenue.
Additional properties include 187 Bryant Street and 125 Hodge Avenue (home of Hodge Pediatrics, an electrical substation and a maintenance garage). The site also includes properties on West Utica Street.