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A parking lot at High and Ellicott streets that serves Buffalo General Medical Center and Gates Vascular Institute has closed because Kaleida Health is preparing the site for construction of the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.

The work includes fencing off the site at the northwest corner of the intersection, removing asphalt from the parking lot and putting in place a traffic plan. Hospital construction is expected to begin in the coming weeks, once the project receives the necessary approvals. It is slated to be completed in 30 months.

Patients and other visitors still may park in the smaller lot at the southwest corner of High and Ellicott. Kaleida Health also is encouraging people to take advantage of valet parking or to park at the nearby Ellicott Goodrich Garage. Shuttle service will run from the parking ramp’s Ellicott Street entrance to Buffalo General and the Gates institute.

The 12-story, 185-bed Oishei Children’s Hospital is expected to cost $270 million. Kaleida Health said it hopes to complete the financing process with its primary lender, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, in the next eight to 10 weeks.

A capital campaign has raised $38 million toward its $42 million goal, and the hospital also has raised $2.5 million to establish endowments for family support programs.