BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — After the Millard Fillmore gates hospital tumbled to the ground, development that will replace it has been approved.
Officials say the Canterbury Woods project has been officially approved by the Planning Board, giving the project the go-ahead after residents living in the area of the North Buffalo construction red flagged the development.
Residents brought forward a petition with several hundred signatures in a show of protest against a building that uses metal panels in its construction.
Developers went back to the drawing board and consulted with architects that helped draw up a plan that will allow Canterbury Woods to be built with no metal panels.
“Kudos to the developer for having extensive community input and taking into consideration residential input,” Delaware District Councilman Joel Feroleto said.
The design shift is a compromise, as other residential factions pushed for additional changes, including alterations to the brick building’s appearance. Developers say they’re happy with the common ground.
“We feel very strongly that this design is both sensitive to the neighborhood … which is supremely important, but also is architecturally forward thinking as well,” Robery Wallace, CEO of Episcopal Church Home and Affiliates, said.
Canterbury Woods developers say they’re on track to break ground on the project in February, as cleanup of the Millard Fillmore is nearly complete.