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Wheatfield-based developer completes two large projects

Niagara County developer Calamar Construction has completed two large projects in recent weeks, opening a new senior community in Orchard Park and a medical and community center on the Tuscarora Indian Nation in Lewiston.

The Wheatfield-based development firm earlier this month unveiled its new Eagle Crest Senior Village on Weiss Avenue in Orchard Park. The $10 million complex is a two-story senior apartment community, consisting of 90 one- and two-bedroom units for residents ages 60 and over, in a landscaped and wooded area close to shopping and services.

The developer had originally purchased 23 acres of vacant land but donated 16 of them back to the town to create a park. The project, developed with tax breaks from the Erie County Industrial Development Agency, also included extending Weiss with a cul-de-sac. The first residents moved in Aug. 1.

This is the fourth senior housing project for Calamar in the last 24 months, coming on top of more than 200 one- and two-bedroom units constructed in The Woodlands Residential Village in Wheatfield and senior housing in Omaha, Neb. Calamar has been developing senior housing for over 20 years, with more than 1,500 units in Western New York.

Separately, the developer's construction arm, in collaboration with URS Corp. and the Tuscarora Indian Nation, completed the Tuscarora Indian Nation House, a 38,000-square-foot building that is the largest unique building of its size built on Tuscarora land since 1921.

The multi-use wood frame building, whose construction started in July 2010, will primarily be used as a medical center for general health care, dentistry and community health under the direction of the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. It will also house a community center and resource facility, with a library, computers and education resources, as well as a senior center.

The Tuscarora Environment Group office is also in the building, which features an array of symbols and other elements of the nation's heritage.

email: jepstein@buffnews.com

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