The group behind the proposed $41M Canterbury Woods senior housing project gave a public presentation at the Burchfield-Penny Arts Center Wednesday evening, introducing an eye-catching HD video rendering of the proposed building facing Gates Circle. Canterbury Woods is to be first structure to be built on the former Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital property, currently owned by TM Montante. The existing hospital structure itself is scheduled to be imploded early this coming Saturday October 3rd to make way for construction of the Canterbury Woods building
The presentation itself was fairly short, given most of the details of the building itself have already been disseminated, but there’s no question the centrepiece of the evening was the strikingly realistic HD video showing the building from a moving aerial perspective. There was spontaneous applause at the end of the video, which is consistent with the reactions of previous audiences according to Canterbury Woods officials. No doubt this visualization tool will come in handy when presenting the project to the Planning Board for review on October 6th.
Architectural Resources, who was responsible for the design, went out of their way to point out the effort that was made to ensure the building would visually blend in with the existing historical structures on Delaware and Chapin. Limestone blocks will be used for selected areas of the building, along with extensive use of red brick . The exterior metal hardware – gates, balcony railings, etc. – is planned to be stainless steel.
Rob Wallace, Episcopal Church Home and Affiliates president and CEO, indicated that the waiting list for the 53 independent living and 5 assisted-living apartments is currently at 135 and still growing. The apartments themselves will range from 800-2,200 square feet, based on 26 unique floorplans. Construction on the building itself is slated to begin next spring, if all required approvals are granted, and is expected to be completed by late summer 2017.
Some new renderings were also presented by the architect, showing the exterior of the building from various angles, shown below.
Buffalo Rising previously covered the Canterbury Woods development in a Sept 15th article.
All pictures courtesy Canterbury Woods and Architectural Resources.