Chason Affinity acquires Cantalician site in Buffalo

October 18, 2012 Updated Oct 18, 2012 at 8:05 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Business First by James Fink

October 18, 2012 Updated Oct 18, 2012 at 8:05 AM EDT

Chason Affinity has added to its growing portfolio of local real estate holdings by acquiring a former Cantalician Center for Learning Inc. property in Buffalo.

Chason, through its MC 3233 Main LLC affiliate, paid $1.6 million for the nearly three-acre site located at 3235 Main St., buying it from the Cantalician Center, according to documents filed in the Erie County Clerk's office.

The purchase comes less than seven weeks after Kaleida Health named Chason Affinity the designated developer for the former Millard Fillmore Hospital Gates Circle property. The firm is working on bringing a veterinary training center and college to the landmark, Gates Circle parcel.

Jeff Birtch, Chason Affinity CEO, said his company is considering a number of options for the property, which neighbors the University at Buffalo's South Campus.

"We have some thoughts and some ideas," he said.

Cantalician listed the property, consisting of four buildings that collectively total 50,000-square-feet, for $1.9 million last year. It was listed with McGuire Development Co.

"From the beginning there was a lot of interest," said James Dentinger, McGuire president.

The deal was brokered by Joseph Leiber from McGuire Development and Alan Hastings from Hastings Cohn Real Estate Corp.

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