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Steel going up on Gates Circle project

The first steel columns and beams are now going up at Canterbury Woods’ Gates Circle construction site, as work begins in earnest to erect the new six-story senior living community.

Episcopal Church Home & Affiliates, the owner and sponsor of Canterbury Woods in Amherst and Buffalo, is spending $41 million to put up the 85,000-square-foot facility at the front of the circle, with 53 independent-living apartments and five assisted-living units facing Delaware Avenue.

It’s the lead portion of the overall redevelopment of the larger 6.7-acre former Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital site, which has been largely cleared of the former buildings.

The project, which is being led by Lecesse Construction as the general contractor, is expected to take about 20 months, finishing in October 2017. Canterbury Woods already paid $4.8 million to acquire its 1.4-acre parcel from TM Montante Development, which is handling the rest of the redevelopment project, and broke ground in May. Officials expect about 200 to 250 construction jobs will be needed across all trades.

Plans now call for the steel portion to be completed in the fall, by October, and for the building to be completely enclosed by about February.