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After the implosion: What's coming to Gates Circle

TM Montante Development and Morgan Communities have kicked off the $150 million redevelopment of the former Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital site into “Lancaster Square at Gates Circle.”

Montante acquired the 10-acre property from Kaleida Health, demolished buildings and built new streets. That has positioned the developers to start construction.

[Video: The implosion of Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital]

The project includes up to 470 residential units, storefronts, offices, a fitness center and a grocery store. In addition, Canterbury Woods and People Inc. are erecting senior living facilities. Montante and Morgan have submitted plans for their first building, but still have to formulate other components, negotiate with the city and overcome financing hurdles.

Here’s a look:

1. Canterbury Woods: $41 million senior complex, with 53 independent-living and five assisted-living units.

Status: The project, an urban version of Canterbury’s Williamsville community, is under construction on a 1.4-acre parcel.

The new Canterbury Woods facility is under construction at the site of the former Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

2. Apartments and retail: $13.4 million, six-story building with three first-floor retail spaces and 60 market-rate apartments, a rooftop deck and some balconies.

Status: Plans have been filed with the city. The proposal for the 67,000-square-foot building will be considered by the Planning Board on May 8.

Development partners TM Montante Development and Morgan Communities submitted a site plan application to the City of Buffalo Planning Board for the next building at Lancaster Square at Gates Circle. (Rendering courtesy TM Montante)

3. Future buildings: Tentative plans call for a pair of large mixed-use buildings, with first-floor retail, commercial offices and residential units on the upper floors.

Status: Still in flux. The eastern building will likely include a 25,000-square-foot grocery store. The location of a 50,000-square-foot fitness center is uncertain.

The developers envision at least two other buildings on the site of the former Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

4. Homeopathic hospital: Adaptive reuse of 1911 hospital buildings in line with plans for the rest of the neighborhood.

Status: Needs alternative financing after being rejected for historic tax credits because the rest of the hospital had been torn down.

The developers have left some of the original hospital buildings intact and plan to reuse them. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

5. Streets and parking: New roads, a central square, new infrastructure, landscaping and purchase of city ramp.

Status: In progress. Montante extended Lancaster Avenue from Delaware to Linwood and connected it with a new road north to Lafayette Avenue.

Lancaster Avenue will extend through the site of the former Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

6. People Inc.: $11 million, three-story building with 37 low-income senior housing units, on 1.1 acres across Linwood Avenue from main hospital site.

Status: Approved by city. Construction set to begin in September or October on a vacant former hospital parking lot at 637 Linwood Ave.

Rendering of People Inc. project at Gates Circle.

Developers propose six-story building for Gates Circle site


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