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Ciminelli to develop Women & Children’s Hospital site

Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. has been named the designated developer for the Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo site on Bryant Street, the board of directors of Kaleida Health announced Wednesday following their June meeting.

Kaleida Health said that Ciminelli is proposing a $122 million project, “QueensLight,” which will include residential, educational, retail, hospitality and public spaces. Joining in the project will be Tapestry Charter School, EduKids, the Delaware Soccer Club, INNVest Lodging Services, S(P)ark! Buffalo, Resource Art and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

Also submitting proposals for the site, which includes the main hospital complex and other properties on Bryant, Hodge Avenue and West Utica Street, were Ellicott Development, Sinatra & Company Real Estate and Uniland Development.

A community-based Project Advisory Committee, chaired by Robert G. Shibley, dean of Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo, helped guide the redevelopment plan. Hospital operations will move to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus when the new Oishei Children’s Hospital is completed in late 2017.