Nonprofit agency Unyts is looking to transplant something other than blood, tissue and organs: its own offices.
The donation service, formerly Upstate New York Transplant Services before a 2012 name change, has put its downtown headquarters up for sale for $4.1 million, hoping to capitalize on the rapid expansion of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus just a few blocks away.
CEO Mark J. Simon would not elaborate, calling it “premature.” But he confirmed the organization is currently “in the process of negotiating the purchase of a new location, which will allow us to consolidate operations.”
Specifically, he said, Unyts has been seeking at various times in the past three years to bring together its Buffalo offices and its blood donor services location at Eastern Hills Mall in Clarence. He would not disclose where the organization is considering moving to but said he hopes to “have some news” within 10 days.
In the meantime, the current location is being marketed by Pyramid Brokerage Company, which cites the proximity of the one-acre site to downtown and the hospitals.
The two-story, 51,552-square-foot office and warehouse building at 110 Broadway was originally built by Uniland Development Co. as the home of Comtek Research, which made electronic devices and housed its engineering, sales, administration, assembly and shipping functions in the complex. Built in 1984, the facility has both open areas and private offices, a large conference room, two elevators and a reception and waiting area with an atrium and a skylight.
It has 48 parking spaces and two truck loading docks.
“We know there have been a number of companies looking for office and warehouse space near the medical campus, and it’s really hard to find, so this is a special offering,” said Pyramid broker David Schiller.
Unyts previously put the building up for sale a few years ago, for the same price, when officials thought the agency might relocate to McGuire Development Co.’s Compass East project in the former Sheehan Memorial Hospital. That didn’t happen, so it was taken off the market. Now they’re trying again with more confidence, Schiller said.
“When we had it listed last, the steam hadn’t been generated yet in the medical campus,” Schiller said. “Now, steel’s up, buildings are built, and between UB and Roswell and the Innovation Center, now, we think we can sustain that price.”