Proposals for Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital Unveiled

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital.

Thousands of people were born there, and many more were cared for there.  It may now be closed, but the future of the landmark building in Gates Circle is clearer.

The community came out in droves to the Burchfield-Penney Art Center at Buffalo State College to hear from the buildings owner, Kaleida Health, about the plans that two firms have for the building, and to give community feedback.

One of the companies chosen is the Chason Affinity Group.  Chason would like to repurpose the building that was built in 1911 and possibly use it as a veterinary hospital with several hundred students working there.

Uniland is the other development company chosen.  Their plan is to redevelop the whole property into a mixed use area.

"Kaleida cares a lot about this asset and wants to hand the keys over to a developer that can appropriately develop it, so the community in ten or fifteen years from now says Kaleida did a really good job," said project advisor Ted Walsh.

Soon, a jury of sorts will recommend to the Kaleida board whom they feel should get the project.  The board will make the final developer decision by late summer.

Kaleida has committed one million dollars in prize money to the developer that is chosen.

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