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Big Reveal: Lancaster Square Addition

Lancaster Square, the former Gates Circle Hospital site, is getting a substantial addition.  TM Montante Development is proposing redevelopment of the southernmost portion of the Buffalo Homeopathic Hospital (HHC) structure that includes a seven-story addition that includes apartments and retail space.  TM Montante’s latest project on the campus is south of the 80-unit affordable housing component that Belmont Housing is undertaking in the Buffalo Homeopathic Hospital’s three northernmost buildings.

From the application to the Planning Board:

The HHC Project is a mixed-use adaptive reuse of the three southernmost HHC buildings into 143 new residential units and approximately 15,000 square feet of retail and commercial space. The approximately 114,000 square foot project will entail an exterior restoration and interior reconstruction of the 55,000 square feet of existing vacant structures, as well as new construction of a 55,000 square feet addition that is seven stories (83 feet) in height.

The adaptive reuse portion of the HHC Project, as well as floors three through seven in the new addition proposed for the interior of the site will contain market-rate, multifamily housing for lease. Seventy-two new residential units will be located in the existing buildings, while 71 new residential units will be located in the addition. These new apartments will be a mix of studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom units.

Building amenities for the residential tenants will include a community room with a co[1]working and event space, kitchen area, bathrooms, and indoor bike storage /repair area. Residential tenants will also be able to purchase memberships for access to the commercial gym that will be located in the building. The first two floors of the new addition will contain approximately 15,000 square feet of retail and commercial space. The target market for the retail space on the ground floor will be retail and restaurant users. The retail spaces will comply with those thresholds included in the SEQR EIS and PUD governing development of the MFG Hospital site. They will serve residents and tenants of Lancaster Square as well as the surrounding neighborhood. The Developer has also proposed activating the central square through installation of outdoor seating areas for use by the retail tenants. The target market for the commercial space on the second floor will be professional office users.

Montante has sold portions of the Gates site to Canterbury Woods and People Inc. for development of market rate and affordable senior housing projects. The developer has most recently completed an adaptive reuse of the 50,000 square foot 1275 Delaware building into a mix of apartments and commercial space, as well as a renovation of the 750-space Lancaster Square Parking Ramp, which will provide parking for tenants and visitors to the Lancaster Square site.

The HHC project, designed by CJS Architects, is expected to cost $30 million and take 18 months to complete.

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