Ciminelli developing $7.2M Amherst medical site

November 6, 2012 Updated Nov 6, 2012 at 9:12 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Business First by Jim Fink

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November 6, 2012 Updated Nov 6, 2012 at 9:12 AM EDT

Under construction is a 30,600-square-foot, single-story building that will house three practices that focus on oncology and cancer treatments along with a state-of-the-art MRI center and at least two other practices that are tied into cancer treatments.

The building, set for Park Club Lane, is being developed by Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. Waterbourne Construction Advisors has been retained as the construction manager.

The privately-financed project carries a $7.2 million development price tag.

Tim Malchow, Ciminelli director of leasing, said he expects the building to be completed by early May.

The Ciminelli site was selected for a short list of five Amherst properties that the medical consortium considered, said Chuck Lannon, a project consultant.

"It's a 'ten' location," Lannon said.

Located almost next to Univera's local headquarters and near a cluster of other medical offices, the site is clearly visible for the Youngmann Highway and from Main Street.

"Everyone knows where the Walker Center is and we are almost next door," Lannon said. "And working with Ciminelli helped because they brought so much to the table."

Malchow said the building is more than 80 percent pre-leased and negotiations are underway to make it virtually 100 percent leased before the first patient walks through its door.

"It is designed to be a one-stop treatment center," Malchow said.

Among the tenants moving into the building include Great Lakes Medical Imaging, which has leased 11,000-square-feet and will house an open-sided MRI machine. Dr. Ron Bauer, a noted breast surgeon and Dr. Saif Soniwala, whose specialty is oncology, will each be leasing 6,000-square-feet for their respective practices.

The project in a long line of medical-based projects Ciminelli has developed or will be developing. Their development portfolio includes Buffalo Medical Group's Amherst operations, the headquarters for Buffalo Cardiology and a planned multi-tenant medical building, Conventius, in the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

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