Ciminelli Adds Hotel To $90M Med Campus Plan

August 16, 2012 Updated Aug 16, 2012 at 7:26 AM EDT

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August 16, 2012 Updated Aug 16, 2012 at 7:26 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Revamped development plans by Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. for its signature building in the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus now calls for a 92-room hotel.

The final site plan, which will be reviewed by the Buffalo Planning Board on Aug. 21, was submitted to city leaders this week.

The 11-story, 540,000-square-foot building carries a development price tag approaching $90 million. The building, planned for 1001 Main St., is the largest Ciminelli Real Estate has constructed.

"By its nature, it is designed to be integrated into the medical campus, especially our immediate neighbors," said Tim Vaeth, Ciminelli vice president.

The building, which has been dubbed "Conventus" - Latin for meeting, union or assembly - will have covered walkways that directly connects itself with Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo new facility as well as the University at Buffalo's School Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and UB's Research and Addiction Institute.

"We like the name because it represents the connectivity between our building and our three neighbors," Vaeth said.

Kaleida Health has agreed to lease 85,000-square-feet in the building for an ambulatory surgical center, clinical space and some general medical-based offices.

Vaeth said talks are underway for other medical-related tenants as well as some first floor retail and restaurant operations.

Two levels of below grade parking are also included in the project.

The latest development twist is the proposed 92-room hotel and an amenity floor that includes a pool, fitness center and some conference/meeting space.

Vaeth said negotiations are underway for brand name for the hotel.

"It will probably be some form of extended stay or suite hotel," he said.

The hotel is slated for the top three floors of the building. Hotel guests will have a separate entrance off of Goodrich Street while medical care clients will enter off of Main Street.

"We want to keep them separate," Vaeth said.

Pending various city approvals, construction could start within the next year and Conventus should be ready around the same time that Women & Children's Hospital opens its new facility in 2015.

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