BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A plan to build a veterinary school at the former Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital in Buffalo has fallen through.
On Saturday, Kaleida Health announced Chason Affinity, which had been selected last August to develop the site, was unable to recruit a veterinary school. Chason Affiinity had been working on luring Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine to the Queen City, but was unable to seal the deal. Had it succeeded, Buffalo would have become home to one of only around 30 veterinary schools in the United States.
Chason Affiinity had been negotiating with the school's parent company, DeVry Institute, and Kaleida would have chipped in $1 million towards the project. The developer was also looking to have Medaille College and the Erie County SPCA be partners with the school.
"It was incumbent upon them to one, secure a tenant, and two, secure financing," Kaleida spokesman Mike Hughes said. "At this point, it didn't work, but we're optimistic we'll have a good outcome here."
Now Kaleida is re-issuing a request for proposals for the former hospital.
James Kaskie, President and CEO of Kaleida, said in a statement, "We learned so much through this process and are most proud of our effort to find a solution for the reuse of the campus. But now we must move on, regroup, and start an expedited process to award the development rights to a qualified developer."
The new request for proposals will be sent early next week to local and national developers to try and locate a qualified developer.
News 4 was unable to reach anyone from Chason Affinity for comment.
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