BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The windows have been gone for quite some time.
The old Millard Fillmore Hospital at Gates Circle will be gone forever in the early Fall.
MT Montante Developers have been making good progress in preparing the Hospital Tower section for implosion. It will happen on a Saturday in the early morning hours, perhaps around 7 a.m.
“We don’t want to mess with rush hour during the week, obviously,” said Byron DeLuke, Public Affairs Director for TM Montante Development.
All the buildings in the back portion of the site are being taken down mechanically. A street will extend through the middle part with a whole new neighborhood cropping up.
“There will be small retail along the Lancaster extension itself,” said DeLuke. “Along Linwood, there will be low-rise residential, and there will also be some commercial,” he said.
If you are concerned that Gates Circle might disappear, don’t worry.
“The circle will survive,” said Stephanie Crockatt, Executive Director of Olmsted Parks Conservancy. “It will be here. It is the Olmsted mission to preserve and protect,” she said.
Frederick Law Olmsted designed the circle in 1868, in the days of horses and buggies.
He couldn’t have known that his great work would take a battering from fast-moving cars. There have been a slew of accidents, some serious.
But now the focus is on what will replace the old hospital across from the circle.
It will be an independent living complex for seniors.
Montante Development promises to give residents ample notice for the day of implosion, so they can witness what promises to be a grand moment in Buffalo’s history.