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Unyts buys Autism Services building

A Buffalo-based nonprofit health care organization will be moving to the suburbs after buying an Amherst facility from another social-services nonprofit.

Unyts – formerly Upstate New York Transplant Services Inc. until a 2012 rebranding – paid $1.6 million to acquire the former Autism Services Inc. building at 4444 Bryant and Stratton Way in Clarence, according to Erie County Clerk records. The 43,232-square-foot, single-story building sits on 4.72 acres near Main Street and Transit Road.

Autism Services last month moved to a 50,000-square-foot facility at 30 and 40 Hazelwood Drive in Amherst. The new location in the Audubon Business Centre, between Sweet Home Road and Niagara Falls Boulevard, is owned by Uniland Development Co.

Unyts, located at 110 Broadway, but has been seeking to consolidate its downtown operation and a leased 9,000-square-foot facility at 90 Curtwright Drive in Amherst into one site. Among other options, it had considered the former Sheehan Memorial Hospital in downtown Buffalo in 2012.

Founded in 1981, Unyts is one of the nation's leading organ and blood procurement organizations, and one of only eight nationwide that includes organ, tissue and eye procurement in one location.

The organization put its two-story, 51,552-square-foot building up for sale last July for $4.1 million through David Schiller of Pyramid Brokerage Company. It recently reduced the asking price.

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