Only a few blocks where the first Catholic hospital in Buffalo opened more than 150 years ago, Catholic Health broke ground Wednesday for its new corporate headquarters.
When the building opens in the summer of 2014, Catholic Health will be moving 700 employees there from eight buildings around the region.
There will also be others coming to the structure for training.
Uniland is building the $47 million complex of office space and parking ramp on a broad swath of land right at the end of the Kensington Expressway.
Mayor Brown, Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes and other local state legislators pried $4 million out of Albany to help with the construction.
"We had the opportunity to build this throughout the region but it was one of our primary drivers to be part of the downtown community," said Catholic Health President and CEO Joseph McDonald.
"We believe that's where the Catholic Health System started with Sisters of Charity Hospital and we believe we have a bright future."
While Catholic Health isn't part of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, the new building will be across the street from the burgeoning biomedical and health care complex.