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Canterbury Woods to top off steel structure Friday

Canterbury Woods officials will join with politicians Friday morning to mark a milestone in construction of their new Gates Circle facility.

Crews are expected to top off the steel structure with a final beam.

Rob Wallace, president and CEO of Episcopal Church Home & Affiliates, which owns Canterbury Woods, will be accompanied by Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown and Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY, as well as others, for the 11 a.m. ceremony at the construction site.


Canterbury Woods, which purchased the 1.4-acre site earlier this year from TM Montante Development, is spending $41 million to construct a six-story senior living facility, with 53 independent living apartments and five assisted-living units.

The project, situated at the front of the 6.7-acre former Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital property, and on the circle itself facing Chapin Parkway, represents the first urban continuing care retirement community in the state, and the second location for Canterbury after its original Williamsville campus.

TM Montante, which acquired the entire site from Kaleida Health after the hospital closed, is separately planning a much broader $150 million redevelopment of the property, with about 500 residential units in a mix that could include apartments, condos and townhomes, as well as a fitness facility, an urban grocery, and additional ground-floor retail space.

Non-profit social-services agency People Inc. is also proposing a mixed-income senior facility, pending approval by city officials, on a Linwood Avenue parcel that it would also buy from Montante.






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