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Amherst surgery practice plans move to larger facility

An ambulatory surgery practice in Amherst is seeking to move from its cramped quarters on Sheridan Drive to a new, larger building on Sweet Home Road on the grounds of the former St. Leo the Great elementary school.

The $4.75 million project proposed by Ambulatory Surgery Center of Western New York requires the approval of the state Department of Health and Amherst town officials.

The surgery center has been located since 1999 at 3112 Sheridan Drive, near Alberta Drive, in Amherst, across from the Northtown Plaza. The center would expand from its current 17,000 square feet to 30,000 square feet in a new facility on about 13 acres at 903 Sweet Home Road that the practice is in the process of buying from St. Leo’s parish and the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, said attorney Edward C. Cosgrove, who represents the center’s 25 physicians. They performed 24,238 procedures in 2014, primarily in plastic surgery, dermatology and orthopedics, a number that has grown in recent years.

The relocated center will have six operating rooms and three procedure rooms, the same number as in the current facility, but they will be laid out more efficiently, according to documents filed with the state.

If the project receives the required approvals the practice could move into its new facility by late 2017, after its lease is up, Cosgrove said.