Canterbury Woods has begun marketing its planned development at the site of the former Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital. The $28 million Canterbury Woods Gates Circle project will feature 50 independent living and assisted living apartments, and will sit prominently on Gates Circle facing Chapin Parkway.
Canterbury Woods Gates Circle is the centerpiece of a $63 million mixed-use redevelopment of the former hospital site being led by TM Montante Development, which will also include a series of residential, retail and community-focused developments.
“We believe that Canterbury Woods Gates Circle will be one of the most important developments in senior living that Western New York has seen in a generation,” said Rob Wallace, president and CEO, Canterbury Woods. “Western New Yorkers who are interested in exploring the benefits of an enriching, urban retirement lifestyle in a prestigious Buffalo location now have a resource available to them to begin that process.”
The building design has also changed from preliminary drawings. Once envisioned as a four-story building gently bowing away from Gates Circle, the building is now rectangular and six stories. The architecture has also shifted from a multi-gabled traditional design to one much more modern. Architectural Resources has been working on project plans.
Sample apartments shown on the project website range from 800 sq.ft. one-bedroom units (above) to two-bedroom plus den units on the sixth floor with 2,200 sq.ft. of living space (below).
There will be a great room on the first floor overlooking Gates Circle along with an arts and crafts room, two lounges, a dining room and café. A second lounge will be located on the sixth floor.
Construction of the new Canterbury Woods campus is expected to start in early 2015, and Canterbury Woods expects to open a sales and marketing office near the site in the coming weeks.
Canterbury Woods is launching a Charter Resident program, which allows interested individuals to gain priority placement for an apartment at the new Canterbury Woods Gates Circle now in anticipation of a 2016 opening.
As a Continuing Care Retirement Community, Canterbury Woods is one of only 13 communities in New York State that is permitted to offer residents the Life Care continuum. This ensures that residents age 62 and older have assured access to additional health care services, such as assisted living, skilled nursing, and rehabilitative services, should the need arise. Seniors select a residence for their current lifestyle, and gain the ability to change their level of care at no additional cost.
“We have been on the forefront of senior care since we opened our doors 15 years ago,” Wallace said. “People who live at Canterbury Woods Gates Circle can access and enjoy all that they love about city living, from dining and shopping to entertainment and Buffalo’s renowned cultural assets, with the same freedom they enjoy today, backed by the security and peace of mind that is inherent to being part of the Canterbury Woods community.”
Opened in 1999, Canterbury Woods was the first senior living community in Western New York to offer a life care continuum. The organization is sponsored by Episcopal Church Home & Affiliates, which has been providing healthcare and related services to the Western New York community since 1858.