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WNY Immediate Care Opens in North Buffalo

Western New York Immediate Care is opening its fifth area facility and its first urgent care center within Buffalo city limits on Monday.  The free-standing, fully-staffed facility is located at 2497 Delaware Avenue in North Buffalo.  It was built on the site of Gallagher Printing which was demolished earlier this year
Of the more than 80,000 people treated at the four Western New York Immediate Care facilities in the Buffalo area during the past year, approximately 12,000 had a City of Buffalo address, which suggests that many had to travel out of their residential areas for urgent medical care. 

This changes on Monday with the opening of WNY Immediate Care.  Among the unique attributes of its Delaware Avenue staff are language capabilities in Spanish and Croatian, which will serve these area communities.

“We’re grateful to Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and the Erie County Industrial Development Authority for helping us in the creation of this newest Immediate Care facility,” said Gregory Daniel, M.D., M.B.A., Chief Executive Officer of Exigence.  “It is our privilege to offer urgent care excellence to the many neighborhoods and communities in the North Buffalo area.” 

The new facility is 7,400 sq. feet; it features 12 exam rooms and two procedure rooms and is equipped with digital X-ray, laboratory and other diagnostic capabilities.  Board-certified physicians assisted by nurses, physician assistants and lab technicians care for patients.  Incentives from the Erie County Industrial Development Authority helped bring the Immediate Care facility to Buffalo.

Open from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm on weekdays and 9:00 am to 8:00 pm on weekends and with no appointment required, WNY Immediate Care – Buffalo offers access and speed when a personal physician is not available and a trip to the emergency department is not practical.  Most insurance plans are accepted and most patients are treated and released in about an hour.

Get Connected: WNY Immediate Care, 716.874.2273

WNY Immediate Care ribbon cutting.jpgAbove: New York State Senator Mark Grisanti, Exigence CEO Dr. Gregory Daniel, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, Ikram Massabini and Melissa Pollock cut the red ribbon on Thursday.

Written by WCPerspective


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  • Nicholas Tyler Miller

    That is an ugly building. What the hell is going on with this design. Seriously? The black glass corners, the ridiculous arch over the doorway, the band of slate-looking tile, arts and crafts style lanterns, and two tones of stucco. Way too much going on and yet the overall effect is as if nothing going on; this building is beyond boring. They needed to follow that old rule of dressing – always take something off before leaving the house. It would have been better if it was just plain brick or just stucco or just glass. I’m all for eclecticism, but between different buildings. A single building need not include 4 or 5 different eras of design. This building is schizophrenic.

  • Lego1981

    They knocked down a two story urban designed building that already had businesses in it for this suburban one story piece of s*&#???? REALLY?????? …..For real, who is in charge of Buffalo’s Development Approval????? Do they not understand we are in a city? or is someone trying to convert what ever we have left and turn this city into one big suburban town?????

  • LouisTully

    …or you can state the obvious about the pitiful design and architectural aesthetics rather than contribute something insightful. But hey, it’s built to the curb, right?
    What were the incentives from the ECIDA? Wouldn’t an ‘urgent care’ facility serve well during hours outside the norm? Or do emergencies only occur between 9am and 10pm?

  • Nicholas Tyler Miller

    Urgent care isn’t for emergencies. It’s essentially a substitute for having a primary care physician when you have a cold or a rash. If you had a real medical emergency, you should go to an emergency room. These kinds of facilities also tend to cater to those without insurance, making prices for services clear before the services are rendered. The problem with these kinds of clinics is that doctors often work at a particular clinic for just a single shift a week or maybe they work here in addition to working at an area hospital. The chances of getting back in to see the same doctor about an ongoing condition are slim and I think that definitely impacts the quality of care that patients receive.
    I really don’t understand why ECIDA would be offering assistance for this kind of development at all. For one, how is this industrial? Second, I don’t see how this grows Buffalo’s economy. The delivery of healthcare doesn’t create any economic growth. No one will be coming from outside of the region to use this facility. In my opinion, they should really reserve their assistance for developments that create products that will be sold beyond the region.

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  • The Kettle

    Not bad. I wish they would have built it over a vacant/parking lot but this is a lot better than what I was expecting.

  • Travelrrr

    Wow. We just don’t learn, do we? This building turns my stomach, and is actually WORSE than I was expecting.
    is what we lost for this piece of #$%$? Suburban, non-sensical design, everywhere’s-ville corporate park junk?
    And, I agree. When will the ECIDA learn what business development projects look like?

  • crescent1251

    Par for the course. City allowed demolition of an older two story building that was tired and run down. In its place we get a two story glass and brink box with parking in front. So much for a green code.
    The services this building will provide to the neighborhood will be great, but the building and its design suck.

  • r-k-tekt

    The architect should be ashamed of himself. The building is cheap…dry-vit and aluminum storefront….ugly…anodized aluminum…it has no relationship with the neighborhood and it replaced a nice example of 1920’s commercial design. It looks like it belongs on Transit Road.
    Unfortunately the architect Phil Silvestri is famous for this.
    He designed the federal building on Delaware and Mohawk that features a garage door along Delaware and the new housing at the old orphanage on Dodge Street…He has no urban sense at all

  • Travelrrr

    None. His work is truly disgraceful. Bottom of the barrel. Really, there are NO other developers to chose from? But, I do blame the city for allowing this crap. My how our taste levels have fallen in a century. I am now a more rabid preservationist of ANY building in Buffalo just because I am fearful of the new, cheap crap that we only seem capable of building.

  • NBuffguy

    A picture of this building from further away would have been nice, to show what it looks like from the street in the context of its neighbors.

  • r-k-tekt

    Perhaps a picture from Cleveland…get as far back as you can


    Very sad

  • sbrof

    First I am really glad to have this facility in North Buffalo I just wish that it wasn’t at the expense of a nice(but ill maintained) 1920s era commercial building.
    At least it is two stories and the parking is on the side but the front door does not face Delaware. The did seem to compromise and move it closer to the street so you don’t have to walk through a parking lot to get there. One plus.
    It just seems silly that for all of the very large vacant or underutilized properties around this had to be right here, right where we had one of the few remaining old buildings on Delaware. I think the city and left Delaware ave for dead. Instead of promoting urbanism they are promoting suburbanism. Delaware Ave, the next Niagara Falls Blvd…

  • Lundington

    You guys are ridiculous!! The city finally gains an urgent care center and all you are concerned about are the architectural aspects of the building!! Its North Buffalo on Delaware people. Are you guys even familiar with the other buildings in the area? 75% of them look like they should be in the suburbs. We mine as well raze the entire Delaware district from Tacoma to Kenmore Ave minus the YMCA building.
    I’m happy the center is there to assist people with any medical needs and I’m sure it will be around for a long time assisting the community. My god, think about the substance of the business itself and what it brings to our city and less about the appearance of the building’s appearance for once. Urgent care is a great addition to the city!

  • Tim

    Functional yes. But most definitely a steaming pile of turd aesthetically. Classy.

  • Travelrrr

    Right. As I said earlier, great mission. It just seems that Buffalo has a long way to go to learn that great missions and a great built environment do not need to be mutually exclusive. They could have updated the old building, added on to make it work better, etc. Instead, we get a dry-vit, car-centric piece of junk that is just further ruins this part of the city (and, no, “look at everything else around” is not a justification for bad design!)

  • sbrof

    I agree that it is a good needed function for the city and this is 1000 times more convenient than where I used to have to go but there are still dozens of empty parcels in close proximity to this building where it could have gone. It is just a shame to take a building down to put on up and still have the intersection of Hertel and Elmwood 90% vacant.

  • Tim

    How do we know it was the architect and not the company? I can hear the company saying, ‘tint the windows more, and add a nice fancy thingy over the door. Neutrals are so in right now, so tan would be a super cool color.’ In response the architect thinks to himself, ‘I hate my job.’ Pure assumption on my part but possible.

  • JSmith

    FYI, there was already an urgent care center in Buffalo, on Main Street.
    Actually, I would argue that we should not be concerned with the business (the “programming”) but rather with the form of the building. This building will likely outlive its tenant, just as the previous building did. What then? The old building had a form that could be reused for any number of purposes. How will this custom-purpose building fare once WNY immediate Care vacates it someday?
    And Sean is correct. The city has written off this area. The draft land use plan for the Green Code has demarcated everything between Delaware and Military and north of Hertel as being zoned for car-oriented suburban style retail centers and strips. I guess they felt it was a necessary compromise in order to bar that type of development from other pedestrian-oriented neighborhoods. It will probably be a net win for the city, but unfortunate for the pedestrians and bicyclists of the western portion of North Buffalo.

  • fill

    I went out to the Transit Rd. location a couple of years ago and had a great experience. The women on the front desk were terrific and had a super sense of humor. I was seen almost immediately and was impressed by the medical care I received. The visit was vastly superior to sitting for HOURS in the Buffalo General emergency room (which I have done).

  • paulsobo

    The problem as I see it is the building itself. The former building was not architecturally significant…this is true. However, the building is a cheap suburban version of a blank wall, flat roof box.
    People can accept demolishing a neighborhood building if something that fits into the neighborhood period and architecture replaces it. Thus it belongs…it fits in…it complements…etc.
    Thats what people are trying to say…and as long as Buffalo has no architectural building codes, developers will continue to put up the cheapest building that will suffice without concern for the community.

  • jodom

    READING all of these (mostly negative)comments shows why Buffalo will always be the ANAL of the northeast. Diversity in the architecture of a city is what makes it interesting.
    All you Tim Tielman clones should move on with your life..and empty pockets….and a wealth of non value opinions.
    Keep up the negative commentary…I’m sure potential developers are just anxious to invest in the City!
    SO SAD!

  • jodom

    Frank Deni…the owner of the large vacant parcel at the intersection of Hertel and Elmwood , has held this corner hostage for years!
    Last conversation with Councilman Golombek,…a few years ago, he was trying to get him to sell or develop this parcel . An eyesore at best…sadly the city has no power or influence to anything…perhaps considerably raising the assessed value to motivate development would be an answer.

  • KangDangaLang

    If everyone on here is such a modern day Frank Lloyd Wright why don’t you pony up and show off some of your designs so we can slam your work also.

  • irishmedic716

    Well, for those of you who DO NOT work in the medical field and/or especially the EMS field,it will be a godsend for ambulance crews in the city to at least offer an alternative w/patients then to transport them to the status quo hospital ER. Yes patients have to drive themselves there, but the benefit of going to Immediate Care for a fever over the hospital benefits everyone in the community.
    I worked in the City for over 6 years, and the majority of calls made to ADI (Ambulance Dispatch and Inspection) were on the lines of complete and utter BS. I will never understand to this day why people would rather go to an ER with the Flu then sit home, drink some chicken broth and ginger ale.
    The new Buffalo General ER, while beautiful and modern, still is plagued with ambulance off load delays for upwards of (2) two hours.
    Who cares about the architectural significance of the building. It’s what Kohl’s Plaza looks like. Yes it’s a suburban design, as that K-Mart offers a more appealing atheistic look to the urban retail area of Hertel & Delaware?

  • r-k-tekt

    No one on here is complaining about the business…it’s the building….travel about 1 mile north on Delaware into Kenmore and check out the new building where coffee culture went in…Great contextual building…It can be done.

  • Rand503

    Why can’t we do both? We can be happy for the urgent care, but we can be unhappy over the design. Really, I don’t understand why people think it’s so bad to have a nicely designed building for once.

  • whatever

    js>”This building will likely outlive its tenant, just as the previous building did. What then?”
    Speaking of unpopular buildings some were skeptical would find a tenant –
    the former Walgreens on Delaware Ave near the car dealer is now occupied again. Dollar General apparently moved to it from the to-the-curb building a few blocks south which now looks empty.
    js>”The old building had a form that could be reused for any number of purposes.”
    In theory, yes. In practice, a good form can still have very long term difficulty staying occupied. It’s anyone’s guess if that printer building if forced to have been left standing another 20+ years would have attracted much in tenants over that time frame.
    Regarding the new urgent care, if that’s a good location for one as most seem to think, and if that industry continues to thrive, it won’t be surprising if that kind of business is at that spot for say 20 years. Not trying to fit it into an old building might be a positive making it more likely to thrive more efficiently & profitably for a long time. But if not, it isn’t far fetched to think someone would successfully use the new building as something else with as as much likelihood as for the printer building.
    Kind of ironic how the “written off” area to which you refer along Delaware from say Great Arrow to Kenmore seems to be easily among the higher (if not very highest) volume commercial district in the city. Evidently a good # of city residents like it. Takes all kinds. 🙂

  • whatever

    Many good points in that comment. I agree that IDA handouts shouldn’t have been given to this kind of business, regardless of whether it’s in city or burbs.
    I’d extend that to say without exception it also shouldn’t ever be given to any retail or any residential projects, (again regardless of city or burbs), about which your two points are also very apt:
    nicholas>”For one, how is this industrial? Second, I don’t see how this grows Buffalo’s economy.”
    It’s unfortunate there seems not even any token effort by any elected officials D or R around here to severely curtail IDAs and Buffalo’s IDA equivalent. I’d like to see all IDAs outlawed, but even short of that they should be cut back a lot in what they’re allowed to do.

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  • The Kettle

    The building looks much better from the street. It incorporates a lot of design elements people here generally like (shallow setback, transparency, proportional with neighboring buildings etc)but with modern styling. The unintended feature of the 90 year old, now exposed advertisement on the side of Frank’s is pretty cool too IMO.
    Not perfect, but a good example of modern infill on an older street.

  • townline

    You’re always telling people here to put their own money up or shut up. Well we all helped pay for this piece of silvestri crap. Why wouldn’t we have a right to critique?
    Silvestri undercuts real architects and preys on clients complete lack of design sense. Their garbage is littered all over this city and it has an impact on everyone. It’s a complete shame when they get hired.

  • Travelrrr

    Here here, though the onus should be on clients NOT to hire them.

  • townline

    Agreed, but some people just don’t know the difference in good and bad design, and that’s not their fault.
    Of course, that’s why cities are developing form-based codes. Hopefully GreenCode will deliver.

  • KangDangaLang

    …….so no takers?

  • Buffplanner

    I think this design is actually the same as the location in Orchard Park.
    I’m kind of tired hearing everyone complain about poor designs after the buildings have been approved.
    Is there a way Buffalo Rising could be placed on the notification list of the Buffalo Planning Board meetings. Proposed designs could be posted on the website prior to the meetings.
    I think this website could serve as an excellent venue to submit real constructive criticism of designs for the Buffalo Planning Board to consider.

  • townline

    All work that I do, professionally, goes through public review. I deal with public criticism every day – and it is very important to me to accept and incorporate public input into my work.
    However I keep my professional life separate from the blogosphere, so I won’t be submitting anything for you to review, clown…

  • The Kettle

    That’s a great idea Buffplanner.

  • KangDangaLang

    Ahhhh somebody can dish it but they cant take it…..I understand.

  • townline

    You’re always telling people here to put their own money up or shut up. Well we all helped pay for this piece of silvestri crap. Why wouldn’t we have a right to critique?
    Silvestri undercuts real architects and preys on clients complete lack of design sense. Their garbage is littered all over this city and it has an impact on everyone. It’s a complete shame when they get hired.

  • MEG

    Preservation Board meetings are every other Thursday at 3pm at City Hall, the next one is this week the 15th. Not sure the schedule of the Planning Board but there’s a Zoning Board meeting this Wednesday.
    And I believe something more on the collaborative, creative, pen-to-better side of this is in the works for BRO.

  • tommyJ

    I see mayor brown got to do the one and ONLY thing he’s good at… cut a ribbon. Glad we pay him for his valuable services.