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UB secures parking spots in ramps on Medical Campus

The University at Buffalo has secured several hundred parking spaces on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus in preparation of opening a new medical school building later this year.

Dr. Michael E. Cain, dean of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and vice president of health sciences, said this week that the university has secured spots in a new parking garage under construction on the Medical Campus, as well as an existing ramp at Michigan and Goodrich streets.

Negotiations are still ongoing regarding parking at the growing Medical Campus, where parking is already limited and expected to be further impacted as a new medical school and children's hospital open later this year.

When the new medical school is fully open, an estimated 2,000 faculty, staff and students are expected to be on the campus. Construction on the building will be done by Labor Day, LPCiminelli Vice President William J. Mahoney said this week. University staff are slated to begin moving into the building this fall, followed by the start of classes in January.

At the same time, 1,400 workers from Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo will move into the new John R. Oishei Children's Hospital in November.

A few levels of the new 1,850-space parking garage under construction at Ellicott and Goodrich on the Medical Campus are expected to be open by November. That ramp will replace the aging Ellicott Goodrich Garage, built in the 1970s with half the number of spots as the new one.

About 12,000 people work on the campus, with that number expected to reach 15,000 by the end of the year.

Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Inc., which manages most of the parking on the Medical Campus, is also promoting carpooling, public transportation and riding bicycles to work as a way to help ease parking demands and promote a healthier, more environmentally friendly alternative to driving.

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