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December 8, 2012

Memorial facility slated for former Evelyn Apartments now heading to Highland Avenue

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Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center bought the property from long-time owner Evelyn Pullo — the woman who fought hard to have the building designated as a local landmark — in June 2011. Pullo has said that she would like to see the building used as part of the medical campus if possible.

Memorial spokesperson Pat Bradley confirmed that the hospital never transfered ownership of the parcel and still holds deed to the land.

Mark Golden, the chief operating officer of Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc., said that the delays caused by the process of stripping the Evelyn Apartments building of its local landmark designation caused the not-for-profit to miss the first set of deadlines associated with the grant and so the organization had to find a new location.

"We had federal deadlines that we could not meet and we just had to move forward," Golden said.

Golden said that the organization is still at risk of losing the grant if they can't meet deadlines tied the construction of the building.

"We're looking at about a year to get everything done," Golden said.

Golden said that the new facility will add 12 new positions to their workforce and maintain 14 full-time jobs — as was planned on 10th Street — and that the organization might be able to add a few more positions at the Highland Avenue health center.

"We'll add a few providers and staff members," Golden said.

The organization will also maintain plans to move out of the Mizer building when the new health center is complete, Golden said.

Representatives from the not-for-profit are scheduled to present to the city council at its Monday meeting and the council will vote on a resolution approving the sale of the parcel to the Community Health Center of Buffalo Inc. at the assessed value of $14,000.

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