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Parking Ramp at Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus: We Want to Take You Higher

On the agenda of Buffalo’s planning board: The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus wants to add a ninth floor to its planned eight-story parking ramp at the corner of Michigan Avenue and High Street.

Last year, BNMC sought and received a zoning variance for the ramp, because its proposed 82-foot height exceeded the maximum allowable 66 feet. From Virginia Street all the way to Goodrich Street, the ramp will present pedestrians and other passersby with nearly 1,700 linear feet of blank walls—no ground-floor commercial or retail space—punctuated by crossings at Carlton and High and by a service entry door.

BNMC’s planners insist on calling this 1,800-car (and counting) parking ramp a “multi-modal transportation center” because it includes a bench for shuttle riders and a bike rack.

Undoubtedly, the request for approval of a ninth floor will be granted as quickly as the variance to build this monstrosity was approved last year around this time. (It was primary day, to be precise.) You can keep track of the ramp’s construction at this webcam.