Officials at D'Youville College hope to start construction on a Health Professions Hub this fall – creating a new home for the school's core academic programs, after the Buffalo Planning Board approved the $25 million project Monday.
Plans by CannonDesign for the three-story, 59,860-square-foot facility call for a mixture of uses, with a community clinic operated by Catholic Health System, a neighborhood pharmacy, an innovation lab, a cafeteria and a demonstration kitchen on the first floor; the Interprofessional Education and Simulation Center and a rehabilitation gym on the second floor; and a multipurpose workforce development and community event center on the third floor.
The site has already been rezoned, and no variances are required. The property and two existing buildings first have to be remediated under the state Brownfield Cleanup Program before demolition and construction can begin, but officials hope to finish the project by late next year. A "hub-raising" will be held Friday morning as part of Alumni Weekend.