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Building Buffalo: Canterbury Woods groundbreaking on Tuesday

Building Buffalo is a regular feature highlighting progress on development projects throughout the region.

Project name: Canterbury Woods

Address: 3 Gates Circle, Buffalo

Developer: Canterbury Woods

Cost: $41 million

Description: Construction of six-story senior-living community at Gates Circle, with 53 independent-living apartments and five assisted-living units.

Completion date: Late 2017

Lowdown: Canterbury Woods, the successful suburban senior living community in Amherst, will kick off construction on its new Buffalo project at Gates Circle next week, as the long-awaited $41 million effort gets underway.

Politicians, business leaders and officials with Episcopal Church Home and Affiliates, the parent and sponsor of Canterbury Woods, will break ground Tuesday for the six-story residential facility, which is being built on the site of the former Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital tower facing Chapin Parkway.

Plans were nearly derailed by neighborhood opponents early this year because of criticism over its design, yet more than 130 people have put down reservations on a priority list for the new apartments.

Canterbury Woods in March officially bought the 1.4 acres of land on which the project will sit, paying $4.8 million to TM Montante Development, which itself had acquired the larger 6.7-acre former hospital property from Kaleida Health. The facility will be built by Lecesse Construction and its subcontractors.

Montante plans to developing the rest of the site into a new mixed-use community, with more than 500 condos, market-rate apartments and townhomes, plus retail space for a grocery store, fitness club and ground-floor retail storefronts, and possibly some office space. The project, which includes extending some roads, will likely last several years, officials have said.