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First Mixed-Use Building Coming to Lancaster Square at Gates Circle

TM Montante Development has announced the next development project at Gates Circle will be a six-story mixed-use building that will include several retail storefronts on the ground floor and approximately 60 market rate residential units on the upper floors. BLTa, a Philadelphia firm with extensive mixed-use design experience, has been selected as project architect.

The building represents a significant milestone in the transformation of the former Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital into Lancaster Square at Gates Circle, a mixed-use, urban place featuring neighborhood retail, residential units, and commercial office space.

“We are thrilled to announce our new building project at Lancaster Square,” said Christian Campos, President of TM Montante Development. “The site prep work that we needed to complete to get to this point was challenging, complex and costly. However, in a short amount of time we’ve gotten it done; we completed environmental cleanup, successfully imploded the main hospital tower and installed new roads and infrastructure to open up the site and connect neighborhoods. This new building project will allow us to further transform this historic site by bringing new residents and exciting retail offerings.”

Since acquiring the site from Kaleida Health, TM Montante Development has worked collaboratively with the community to develop the overall vision for Lancaster Square at Gates Circle, and is now actively engaging its Community Advisory Committee as well as neighborhood block clubs on this new building project prior to site plan review. TM Montante Development will present the project renderings to the public later this spring.

“Right from the start, we understood the significance of this site and the need for thoughtful development anchored in the community’s shared values,” said Campos. “To ensure a successful development, we’ve worked hard to find common ground and build trust amongst our diverse group of community stakeholders. We’re committed to continuing that process going forward.”

BLTa was selected as architect after a competitive RFP process. Importantly, the RFP included a “Design Values Statement” that was developed collaboratively with the community and highlighted specific design considerations that respondents were required to address in their proposals. The process to select the project’s architect also included input from a professional design review committee that evaluated all proposals within the context of the Design Values Statement.

According to Campos, BLTa understood and addressed the design values included in the RFP in their building proposal. “We are working with a firm that recognizes the importance of Buffalo’s architectural heritage. Their approach will be respectful of that
history, but will also build upon it by designing a building that is an expression of this time and this place.”

BLTa will be working with several area firms on the project, including C&S, M/E Engineering and Siracuse Engineers.  Montante Construction will manage construction of the new building and its preliminary schedule has shovels in the ground later this summer.

Get Connected: TM Montante, 716.876.8899

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  • greenca

    My condolences in advance to the architect. They’ll have to deal with the Very Special Elmwood Village-type neighbors and will be expected to cater to their every design whim.

    • MrGreenJeans

      Not that you have a cynical or condescending opinion, or anything like that. “Very Special” types? Give us a break, please.

      • Mytwocents

        @greenca:disqus got 18 up votes because the comment is spot on.

      • eagercolin

        They’re so special that they somehow manage to be artsy despite being affluent professionals, and diverse despite being overwhelmingly white! Oh, what a wonderful bunch!

  • PaulBuffalo

    Copy and paste this intersection to other areas of the city.

  • Let’s see what kind of obstruction will be taken this time around.

    “It’s too tall!” It’s out of place!” “That color is a shade too light, I’m color blind!” I’m sure we’ll be hearing those.

  • S Mills

    Are we talking about the building just to the North of Lancaster tucked right behind Canterbury or the parcel just to the South of Lancaster with significant frontage along Delaware?

    • GatesResident

      I think this is the plan for the parcel north of Lancaster. The large area south of Lancaster was supposed to be the market/YMCA building.

    • wcperspective

      NE corner of Delaware and Lancaster.

  • Jonnno

    Does Montante have any specific plans for the old remaining Millard Gates buildings? In their current state they really detract from the overall site. Hard to believe they could be rehabbed enough to contribute to the concept they are trying to create there.

    • Craig

      What I know is that they are trying to find historic tax credits to save the buildings and re-use them. In their current state they do look a bit shabby, however they are historic (part of the complex is the original homeopathic hospital on the site). They also surround a nice courtyard that’s been hidden from public view for a long time.

      The state has rejected that application, but Montante continues to pursue options to avoid demolishing the buildings.

      • DeeDee

        But… But… muh evil developerz tearin down muh history

        • Craig

          I appreciate that the developer is trying to reuse a historic building. Past that I haven’t taken a position.

  • Ivan Putski Jr

    a lot of time these mix use developments are anchored by a chain…Starbucks, Panera, Chipotle, etc…this won’t go over well with the neighbors. This will get kiboshed for sure

    • greenca

      While I prefer local over chains, the neighbors really have no right in telling a building owner that they can’t have a national chain in their building.

    • GatesResident

      Depends on which neighbors you mean. The neighbors west of Delaware seem to be the ones raising objections. I live east of Delaware and I can assure you many of my neighbors would have no problem with a chain moving in (as long as it wasn’t something like a Burger King or a Walgreens).

    • Well, you need coffee joints… as well as a couple quick eats that people are familiar with. Couple that in with some new locally owned places, and it would catch on quick.

  • That’s a very optimistic artistic rendering of all the people that would be out there on a given day. You don’t even see that many people on Elmwood walking the neighborhood at one time.

    • eagercolin

      Somebody just pulled a fire alarm.

    • S Mills

      To be fair, this will be a denser intersection than anything on Elmwood.

      8 story apartment building and a 6 story apartment building on the West side of Delaware, this building, Canterbury Woods, and the future building on the parcel just South of Lancaster.

  • Johnny Pizza

    All the park benches, garbage cans, streets lights and green spaces must be designed by the reanimated corpse of Frederick Olmsted or I will not support the project.

  • Matt DeBoth

    The parking garage seems like a good walk from Canterbury Woods.

    • 300miles

      The canterbury woods building has its own underground parking garage.