Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus

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The final piece of the puzzle has fallen into place for construction of the University at Buffalo's new downtown Medical School.

WBFO News by photo Mike Desmond

The University at Buffalo may face some problems regarding its plans in the city because of strife over the way they are affecting residents of the Fruit Belt.

Photo from St. John Fruit Belt Community Website

More new housing is going up near the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. State and local elected officials and religious leaders officially broke ground Friday, December 14, 2012 for 49-new townhomes at the corner of Maple and Virginia Streets in Buffalo.

Larger portion of Trico Building could be saved

Nov 20, 2012

Planners for the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus are now looking to incorporate a large portion of the Trico Building situated at Ellicott and Goodell Streets.

Photo from Google Street view

With massive economic development growth expected at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, it will be key to create a proper street flow along Ellicott Street.  But a redevelopment project has hit a major delay. 

A contractor with a track record of incomplete local projects is to blame.  Man O' Trees has also failed to complete the Martin Luther King splash pad and a major reconstruction project in Niagara Falls.

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Western New York is home to more than 200 growing startup companies catering to specific medical and life science needs.

While these small businesses offer unique products and services, they don’t always have a market for their goods or the personnel to aggressively seek out buyers.

A new initiative will try to give at least 40 of these companies the extra sales muscle to move $25 million worth of local products in the next three years.

'Hand in glove'

Smokers can no longer light up on the 120-acres of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus in the city's Fruit Belt, but, they can step out into the street and puff away on the public property.  However, WBFO & AM-970's Mike Desmond has learned that may not be for very long. 

The new smoke-free rule kicked in on the 4th of July Holiday for the entire medical campus, banning tobacco use.

Campus officials say the rules will be enforced, with Wednesday as the first real test of when many return to work after the holiday.

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Although New York's legislative session wrapped up last week, angling for new public policy hasn't ceased.

Tuesday, the Business Council of New York State (BCNYS) tried to regain traction for its agenda by re-releasing a report from May.

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The push is on to spruce-up the neighborhood where the new University at Buffalo medical school will be opening in about four years.  

The area is being called the 'Western Gateway' to the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus. With construction of the new medical school expected to get underway soon,  Rep. Brian Higgins, Mayor Byron Brown and other leaders are working to build support for the Allen Street Improvement Project. 

BNMC President and CEO Matt Enstice says the campus's workforce will double to about 17,000 when the Medical School opens in 2016. 

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The newest addition to Buffalo’s skyline has opened its doors.

The 10-story, $300 million Gates Vascular Institute/Clinical and Translational Research Center houses a state-of-the-art surgery center, research labs and a business incubator.

“This is a magnet for the region,” says Jim Kaskie, CEO of Kaleida Health. “If you’ve got issues with your heart, your brain, your arteries or veins, you want to be here.”

Kaleida Health collaborated with the University at Buffalo on the project.

The massive Trico plant complex on Goodell is now the object of a familiar community debate: preserve or demolish?

Hours after the city Preservation Board recommended last night the vast complex be listed as a historic landmark, Preservation Buffalo Niagara held a public meeting in the Common Council Chambers to talk about what to do with the deteriorating industrial complex.

Trico is a hodge-podge of buildings from different times built for different uses and the roof is shot, letting water and snow inside.

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