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Roswell Park airs design for center $40 million facility will be 11 stories, add needed clinical space

Planners from Roswell Park Cancer Institute on Tuesday showed off the design for a $40 million Clinical Sciences Center to the Buffalo Planning Board.

The 11-story, 142,000-square-foot building planned for the northwest corner of Michigan Avenue and Carlton Street will add more clinical and office space for the campus.

"Our clinics are bulging at the seams," said Jim Constantin, director of planning for Roswell Park.

The building, which will sit on less than a third of an acre, was designed by FxFOWLE Architects of New York City.

The facility will house an expanded chemotherapy infusion clinic, as well as other clinics.

The ground floor up to the third floor will be connected to the main hospital. Floors six through 10 will be new office space, important for recruitment and retention of staff, Constantin said.

While most of the building's workers will just be moving from other places on the campus, the additional space will allow for the creation of between 20 and 40 new jobs. Construction is expected to begin in about eight months, he said.

The city Planning Board holds no authority over the project, since Roswell Park is a state public benefit corporation.

The new building coincides with work the city is planning on Carlton to give it a more "boulevard" look, Constantin said.

Much of the building's exterior will be terra cotta, like the Guaranty Building downtown. Boston Valley Terra Cotta of Orchard Park, which did the Guaranty renovation, will be involved in this project, too, Constantin said.

The $40 million price tag includes soft costs for the project, he said. Roswell Park is still $3 million away from reaching its fundraising goal for the project.

With the new Clinical Sciences Center, the hospital will have more space to begin offering community screening services, said Elizabeth Cheteny, project coordinator for Roswell Park.

The board also:

Approved plans for exterior renovations at 500 Elmwood Ave., between West Utica Street and Hodge Avenue, which will be the site of New York Metropolitan Deli. Previous renovations to the exterior did not meet design standards for the Elmwood Village that are a part of city code.

The board's approval was made contingent upon the business meeting requirements for the amount of unobstructed front window space.

Approved a proposal from Package Design & Supply, 1014 Northampton St., to construct a 10,300-square-foot warehouse. The project will allow the company to add three jobs, said Keith Freeland, company owner and president.