The former Grace Manor Nursing Home on Symphony Circle will be redeveloped for office and residential tenants. Owner Ellicott Development has secured Gateway-Longview as an anchor tenant to kick-off the work. The child and family service organization is relocating its offices from 605 Niagara Street and taking 25,000 sq.ft. of space in the 81,200 sq.ft. building. The balance of the building will be residential and additional office space.
Gateway Longview’s current Niagara Street property already has a buyer. Buffalo Business First has the story:
“Chason Affinity Co. Is buying the 65,000-square-foot building for approximately $950,000. Chason has the century-old property under contract and will close on the deal as Gateway-Longview prepares to move.
CEO Jeff Birtch said Chason is considering a number of options for the building.
“There’s nothing definite yet,” he said. “Housing is one alternative, but so is something with an educational purpose.
The property is around the corner from D’Youville College and a few blocks from the Peace Bridge.
Grace Manor Health Care Facility, Inc. was placed in receivership by the state Department of Health in 2008. In March 2009, the nursing home officially closed its doors and Ellicott Development was the high bidder for the property in October 2009 purchasing the site for $1.6 million.
According to Business First, Gateway-Longview’s 100 staff members will move into the first and portions of the second floor of the four-story building early next year. As many as 15 apartments are planned for the top floor and the third floor could include residential or office space.
Gateway-Longview has been providing care, counseling, and support to countless children and families since 1890.
Ellicott Development has a number of redevelopment projects planned or underway including the restoration of the Baker Shoes complex on Main Street into a mix of commercial and residential space, a ten-unit expansion of the Bellasara apartment building at Allen Street and Delaware Avenue, and is firming up plans to renovate the Graystone Hotel on S. Johnson Park for residential use.