BUFFALO, N.Y. – Community stakeholders from neighborhoods
surrounding the University at Buffalo’s Downtown Campus will
receive an update on UB’s plans to build a new School of
Medicine and Biomedical Sciences downtown during a community forum
at 7 p.m. tonight in the Gaylord Cary Conference Room at Roswell
Park Cancer Institute (across from the main hospital).
Hosted by the Orchard Community Initiative (OCI) – a
recently formed “umbrella” organization of Fruit Belt
community advocacy groups – the public forum is part of an
ongoing effort by UB to engage the community in conversation about
the medical school project, hear their concerns and questions and
discuss the potential economic opportunities the new medical school
will bring to the Fruit Belt, one of Buffalo’s oldest
UB and SUNY Construction Fund representatives conducted a
similar public forum March 21 with members of the city’s
Allentown community to give stakeholders there an opportunity to
share their questions and comments about the project.
Tonight’s community forum will include an introduction and
welcome by Alexander Wright, executive director of Urban Christian
Ministries, and Ben Cashaw, president of the Fruit Belt Coalition.
Both are members of the newly formed OCI.
Laura Hubbard, UB’s vice president for finance and
administration, will provide attendees with an overview of the
medical school project, including timelines for construction.
Hubbard will also highlight how the project will benefit the
- Job growth both during and after construction, particularly for
minority- and women-owned business enterprises (MWBE). Each phase
of the project has set MWBE performance goals.
- Improving the region’s health by enhancing clinical,
education and training opportunities and by improving the quality
of health care delivered for the community.
- Creating state-of-the-art health care that eliminates the need
for Western New York patients to seek specialized care out of
- Improving the quality of life in neighborhoods near the Buffalo
Niagara Medical Campus by promoting home ownership in the community
and by encouraging students, staff and faculty to patronize the
Hubbard will also outline the process for continued community
Representatives from the State University of New York
Construction Fund (SUCF) will also be on hand to answer specific
questions about the project.