Former Gates Site to Become Veterinary School

August 28, 2012 Updated Aug 28, 2012 at 5:52 PM EDT

By Allen Leight

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August 28, 2012 Updated Aug 28, 2012 at 5:52 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The site of the former Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital will be the home of a new school for veterinary medicine, the Kaleida Health Board of Directors announced Monday.

The board chose developer Chason Affinity after an 18-month process, who beat out a proposal from Uniland Development, which sought to build a six-story apartment complex along with townhouses on the hospital site.

Chason Affinity's $65 million proposal includes many additions combined with the reuse of historical structures.

The main hospital building would be used as a veterinary teaching hospital with classrooms and support services.

Developers would remove "nonessential" buildings to make-way for park and pedestrian friendly areas throughout the campus that would be designed as an extension of the Frederick Law Olmsted parkway system.

The original 1911 Homeopathic Hospital building would be excavated and renovated to be used as an on-campus residence for students.

Developers would also make translucent additions to the brick tower building and add a ground level addition that would face Gates Circle. An atrium would be added in the center of the campus, and a 10th floor glass walled enclosure would make the complex more transparent in relation to the surrounding community.

There is no hard time line in place for the projects completion, however developers say they are confident that students could be reporting for classes in the next 3 to 5 years.