The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC) will be receiving a much needed 1,800 parking spaces with the addition of a new $34 million parking ramp. The project, planned for the northwest corner of Michigan Avenue and High Street, has been approved by the Buffalo Planning Board and is scheduled to be be completed in 2012.
The BNMC presently offers about 6,500 parking spaces for 12,000 daily visitors including 8,500 employees. With the opening of Kaleida Health’s Global Vascular Institute in 2011 as well as a planned 390-bed long-term care facility scheduled to open in 2012 across from the ramp site, the daily visitor rate at the medical campus is expected to climb to 15,000. The number of daily employees on the medical campus is expected to rise to 12,500 in the next few years as well. This project seeks mainly to serve the parking
demands of this influx of employees.
Along with easing the parking shortage in the medical campus, the project also hopes to relieve parking issues in the surrounding Fruit Belt neighborhood. The ramp, a joint-venture between Kaleida Health, University at Buffalo and Roswell Park Cancer Institute, will provide employee parking as well as community parking during non-peak times.
As the BNMC seeks to develop their relationship with the NFTA in order to further mass-transit for the medical campus, the parking ramp project will feature other transportation options including a Buffalo Car Share spot, bringing the total spots located on campus to three, as well as bike racks, and bus and shuttle stops. The BNMC is also in discussions with General Motors and private funders to provide charging stations for electric cars.