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Former Osmose complex headed for partial demolition

Part of the vast former Osmose Holdings complex at the north end of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is eyed for demolition.

The Buffalo Preservation Board on Thursday afternoon will consider a request by the property owner for city approval to raze a portion of the complex at 980 Ellicott St.

BNMC, a nonprofit which coordinates campus operations, bought the complex bordered by Ellicott and Best streets in November from Osmose Holdings for $3.75 million.

At the time, it indicated the property would be home to a new innovation center, although recently Matthew K. Enstice, president and CEO of the medical campus, said the group still is exploring its options for the site where he said environmental cleanup also has to be addressed.

Some of the former complex also provides short-term parking for about 200 cars.

The proposal is to demolish roughly a third of the parcel near the center of the site, according to photographs included in the demolition application.

"We're trying to figure out what we want to do with all our space," Enstice said in a January interview.

Enstice could not be reached to comment Wednesday about the demolition request. The request is filed by Ontario Specialty Contracting of Buffalo, which does environmental remediation, demolition and Brownfield redevelopment.

The former Osmose site has a 150,000-square-foot complex of three or four connected buildings situated at the northern boundary of the campus bordered by Best, Ellicott, Dodge and Main streets.

There had been talk by campus officials last summer of the possibility that companies would move into the site early this year. For many years, the Medical Campus has looked for a suitable site for a second Innovation Center since the original innovation hub at 640 Ellicott is nearly full with startup companies and entrepreneurs.

Enstice previously said the Osmose Holdings property makes sense because little renovation work would be needed since it offers both office and laboratory space and is near the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority's Summer-Best  station.

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