Digging in on $46M downtown development

November 8, 2012 Updated Nov 8, 2012 at 8:13 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Business First by James Fink

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November 8, 2012 Updated Nov 8, 2012 at 8:13 AM EDT

Calling it an "exciting day for Catholic Health, the City of Buffalo and the entire Western New York Community," Catholic Health and other local dignitaries gathered Wednesday afternoon by the vacant parcel where the health-care provider will build its new headquarters and training center.

Catholic Health, last month, selected the Oak Street parcel controlled by Uniland Development Co. as the location for the six-story, 140,000-square-foot, $46 million building.

An estimated 700 people will work in the building when it opens in two years. The site is located along the gateway into downtown Buffalo for those coming off the Kensington Expressway.

"This project is much more than a handsome addition to the cityscape, it's an environment that promotes innovation and collaboration," said Joseph McDonald, Catholic Health president and CEO.

Catholic Health is merging functions and operations from eight different sites into the building. Catholic Health had been scouting sites for more than one year including ones in the suburbs and elsewhere in Buffalo before selecting the Uniland-controlled parcel.

Uniland will serve as the project developer and will lease the building to Catholic Health on a long term basis. The Buffalo firm of Stieglitz Snyder has been retained as the project architect.

"The continuation of the mission of Catholic Health is vital to this community," said Bishop Richard Malone, head of the Diocese of Buffalo.

The project is being aided by the City of Buffalo, Erie County and the Empire State Development Corp.

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