Hospice Selling Downtown Site

September 21, 2012 Updated Sep 21, 2012 at 7:20 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Business First by Tracey Drury

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September 21, 2012 Updated Sep 21, 2012 at 7:20 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Hospice Buffalo is hosting a cash and carry sale Friday of furnishings and artwork from its downtown Buffalo site, a building it is selling as it completes a consolidation of its home care teams.

The site at 892 Main St. is under contract to be sold to a local investor, with a deal expected to close by late September. Hospice Buffalo declined to name the buyer.

Sources said the buyer is considering renovating the building for office use or perhaps a restaurant that will tie in with the nearby Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The buyer is considering several options, sources added.

The two-story, 8,200-square-foot building is located adjacent to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The site, purchased by the agency nine years ago, was listed with an asking price of $379,000.

The space had served as one of several sites for Caring Hearts Home Care and other hospice home care program teams, which will now operate from the Cheektowaga campus and offices at the Appletree Business Park. Besides closing the downtown site, the agency gave up leased space in Orchard Park.

Neither site housed patients at any time, and no patient programs will be affected, said Rosemary Collins, director of public relations and community marketing for the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care.

Collins said consolidation will lead to better communication between the teams, and enhanced efficiencies.

The cash and carry sale, which begins at 9 a.m., will include all furnishings from the office, including desks, office chairs, coffee tables and file cabinets as well as artwork.

All funds raised from the sale will benefit hospice programs.

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