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Construction of new DeGraff ER to start in August

Construction of a new emergency department and other upgrades at DeGraff Memorial Hospital in North Tonawanda is scheduled to start in August, Kaleida Health reported Friday.

The $7.8 million project will relocate the emergency department from the west side of hospital to the east side – allowing for better visibility, access and parking for patients and visitors – and increasing its size from 4,800 square feet to 10,000 square feet.

The department was built in 1962 and last renovated in 1975.

In a project update, officials said Kaleida Health awarded the architect and engineering contract to the Wendel Companies, which is expected to complete documents for construction bidding in June. Relocation of clinics will begin in July in preparation for construction, which is expected to take 12 to 14 months.

In May, the Niagara County Planning Board approved the project, and the North Tonawanda Planning Board approved the site plan, officials said.

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