City to Oversee Environmental Review for Catholic Health

October 24, 2012 Updated Oct 24, 2012 at 7:24 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Business First by James Fink

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October 24, 2012 Updated Oct 24, 2012 at 7:24 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - In the first step of many, a city agency has agreed to take the lead position on a mandated environmental review needed for the proposed site of Catholic Health's proposed downtown headquarters.

The Buffalo Planning Board has taken the lead position on the environmental process needed for the six-story, 140,000-square-foot building proposed for a gateway block on the Elm-Oak corridor. Catholic Health, working with Uniland Development Co., chose the site - referred to as "Block 21" - following a year-long search.

Catholic Health will be consolidating its administrative, training and other functions into the building, giving the company a major presence in downtown Buffalo. An estimated 700 people may be working in the building when it opens in two years.

Pending various municipal reviews, construction is expected to start in the spring.

In other action, the planning board also approved a 1,600-square-foot expansion of Wegmans' Amherst Street store that will allow the supermarket chain to expand its into cafe seating area while building a revamped outdoor seating patio.

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