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Implosion of Former Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital Tower
September 29, 2015– Mayor Byron Brown was joined by various city department officials and representatives from TM Montante Development and Montante Construction to announce details regarding the implosion of the former Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital Tower at Gates Circle. The implosion of the 11 story tower will take place on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 7 a.m. If weather conditions prevent an October 3rd implosion, the implosion will occur at a similar time on the following day.
“The former Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital building has been a landmark in Buffalo for over 100 years, with hundreds of memories still alive in the hearts of many of our residents,” said Mayor Brown. “This weekend, we look toward the future and will make way for continued progress in Buffalo with an implosion that will mark the start of an exciting milestone in the physical transformation of the former Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital site into a new $150 million multi-phased mixed-use complex.”
TM Montante Development is working to redevelop the vacant former hospital site into a mixed-use district that will include a small grocery store, a health and wellness center, residential apartments and condominiums, office space, and small retail shops.
“We’re going to open up the site and bring together residents from adjacent neighborhoods, all while creating attractive new public spaces,” said TM Montante Development president Christian Campos. “This is a critical and exciting milestone in the site’s physical transformation into a vibrant mixed-use urban district.”
Over the past few weeks, representatives from TM Montante Development have been meeting with residents, who live within the immediate radius of the implosion, to answer questions and address any concerns. At today’s press conference, Buffalo Police Department officials announced that beginning at 3 a.m. on Saturday, October 3rd, Delaware Avenue at Ferry Street will be closed to Gates Circle. Ferry Street will remain open. North bound traffic on Delaware will detour onto Ferry Street, proceeding east to Main Street or west to Elmwood Avenue. Access will be provided to residents and business personnel when possible.
Police will start closing the following streets in and around the Gates Circle area beginning at 3 a.m. on October 3rd. A complete restriction of area traffic will be in place, prior to 6 a.m. Streets will re-open when deemed safe by officials.Delaware Avenue at Delavan Avenue. South bound traffic on Delaware Ave. will detour on to Delavan Ave. proceeding east to Main St. or west to Elmwood Avenue. Access provided for residents and business personnel when possible.
Beginning at 6 a.m. the Buffalo Police Department will set up a hard perimeter area at which time people will not be allowed to enter or leave until after the site is deemed safe. For public safety reasons, residents are encouraged to watch the implosion at home on television, but a public viewing area will be set up at Delaware Avenue north up to West Delavan Avenue.
Montante Construction, which is managing the abatement and demolition of the former hospital, will provide round the clock security on the site in the days leading up the implosion. A series of blows of a horn will signal the countdown of the implosion with an anticipated shot set to occur at 7 a.m.
"This will be a systematic and safe, but dramatic moment as we work to get the site ready for new development in 2016,” said Doug Elia, President of Montante Construction.
According to OSC, the company Montante Construction has hired to carry out the implosion, the tower should collapse in a matter of seconds. To suppress dust there will be trucks on site that will spray water immediately after the implosion. Various buildings on the site have been left up on the site to suppress dust. Removal of debris from the implosion will take several weeks. Once the debris is cleared, demolition and clean-up of the remainder of the site will take place.
OSC has significant experience in building implosions throughout Western New York. The last building the company imploded in the City of Buffalo was a 100,000 square foot medical office building on High Street in 2007.
“We thank Mayor Byron Brown, the city of Buffalo and in particular the surrounding neighborhood for their assistance and cooperation as we work towards making this site shovel ready,” said Thomas Montante, Chief Executive Officer of the Montante Group. “We’ve worked closely with the community throughout all phases of our development of the Gates Circle site and look forward to continued input from all of the stakeholders involved in this transformative economic development project for Buffalo.”
In addition to the Buffalo Police and Fire Departments, various other city agencies are involved in the implosion including the Office of Strategic Planning, the Department of Public Works, Parks and Streets, Permit and Inspection Services and Emergency Management Services.
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Photos by Angel Art LTP, compliments of the Greater Buffalo Convention and Visitors Bureau. Additional photos by Adrian Roselli, compliments of Algonquin Studios