Added funding linked to med campus tunnel

February 25, 2014 Updated Feb 25, 2014 at 10:26 AM EDT

By Tracey Drury, Buffalo Business First

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Added funding linked to med campus tunnel

February 25, 2014 Updated Feb 25, 2014 at 10:26 AM EDT

The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus will receive a $1 million grant to help pay for a tunnel that will link the Buffalo General Medical Center to the new John R. Oishei Children's Hospital.

The $5 million tunnel, which was completed this fall, runs beneath Ellicott Street between High and Goodrich. The 80-foot-long tunnel will link current and future institutions on the campus, connecting institutions on east end of the BNMC like Roswell Park and Buff General to sites now under development: including the Oishei Children's Hospital, medical office buildings and the University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.

BNMC and hospital officials have long stressed the benefits of a "coatless" campus where a series of bridges, tunnels and connecting corridors will allow physicians and staff to travel between institutions.

The grant, approved by Empire State Development last week, is among $5.9 million in grant awards identified by the Regional Economic Development Council for projects in Western New York, Southern Tier, Central New York and the mid-Hudson regions.

Touting the project, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office said the tunnel will leverage shared services and utilities.

The seven projects approved Feb. 20 will create more than 260 new jobs and retain nearly 1,000 existing jobs, while leveraging more than $87 million in additional investments.

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