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Implosion at Millard Fillmore Gates provides spectacle

WBFO News file photo

With the first blast coming just after seven this morning, the towering structure of the old Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital began to slide into itself and as the blast continued, the old structure imploded into a pile of debris. That's a pile of debris which will take three months to remove, as work continues on a $150 million redevelopment of the site into a mixed community of housing, retail and commercial space. Mayor Brown says Delaware Avenue and Gates Circle will look different.

"It's going to be a shock initially. This building has been here for more than 100 years. It's going to be a void in the landscape of Delaware Avenue." 

Credit WBFO News file photo / WBFO News
Millard Fillmore Gates Circle post implosion

Within minutes, construction workers and street sweepers were out on Gates Circle and Delaware removing dust from the blast. The hospital closed in 2011 as its medical facilities were moved to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

Video by Jonny Moran


Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.