The developer planning the $63 million conversion of Buffalo’s former Millard Fillmore Hospital campus at Gates Circle into a sprawling mixed-use project will hold a public forum next week to determine interest and gather input from neighborhood residents.
TM Montante Development will hold “A Conversation on the Future of Gates Circle” from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave. Officials from Montante Development, along with Robert G. Shibley and Bradshaw Hovey from the University at Buffalo’s Regional Institute, will lay out the proposed site plan and project renderings, while giving the public a chance to view and comment on them.
“Our vision for the Gates Circle site is transformational,” said TM Montante President J. Timothy Vaeth. “A key component of that transformation, for us, is creating a project in which the neighborhood can take a sense of pride and ownership. It’s just as important that we know what our neighbors are thinking as they know what we are thinking.”
Kaleida Health, former owner of the now-closed hospital, selected Montante last year as the designated developer for the 10-acre site following a competitive bidding process. Plans call for a $28 million city campus for Canterbury Woods, the “continuing care” senior citizens community in Amherst, along with a $45 million mixture of market-rate apartments, for-sale housing, retail space, and a community health and wellness center.
Montante hired the UB Institute to help with “shaping” the vision and working with the community. The developer plans to open a construction office near Gates Circle in the next few weeks and will eventually move its headquarters to the site. Construction is expected to start next year.
“We are making a commitment to this project and to the surrounding neighborhoods, not just through the substantial investment we are making to develop the project, but also in becoming part of the community,” Vaeth said. “We want this to be a signature project for our tenants, for our neighbors, for our company and for the City of Buffalo.”