Title Certified for Recent Significant State Land Acquisitions
- University of Buffalo Clinical Transitional Research Facility
Location: 875 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY
Size: Conveyance of a fee interest in a condominium unit of a building (along with an interest in the common elements)
Description: SUNY’s University of Buffalo Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) comprises the top four floors of a collaboratively built eight-story facility in downtown Buffalo. The bottom four floors are home to the Gates Vascular Institute (Kaleida Health’s $173 million merger of its cardiac, stroke and vascular operations) and Buffalo General Medical Center's new emergency care unit. This unique state of the art medical building places physicians adjacent to clinical and translational researchers and is one of only a handful of such buildings in the nation. The new CTRC is an important step in the relocation of UB’s medical school to downtown Buffalo, which is currently in progress.
- Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Acquisition of Masters Conservation Easement
Location: Copake, Columbia County, NY
Size: 660 + acres
Description: This $2.2 million dollar acquisition consists of a major Conservation Easement over 660 acres of forested property in the Taconic Mountains along the New York and Massachusetts border in the Town of Copake in Columbia County that was acquired by the State of New York in December of 2015. This fills an important gap in the surrounding 6,700-acre Taconic State Park lands, and connects to both Massachusetts’ Mount Washington State Forest and Bash Bish Falls State Park, ensuring contiguous and undisturbed forestland that will never be cut, fragmented or developed into building lots, and will forever remain a hugely significant view-shed and habitat for all species. Part of the Conservation Easement includes a public recreation trail (the South Taconic Trail) which will connect the Taconic State Park to state park trails in Massachusetts, allowing the public to enjoy continuous walking, biking, hiking, birdwatching and other non-motorized activities.
- Department of Environmental Conservation Acquisition of Lakeshore Marshes Wildlife Management Area from The Nature Conservancy
Location: Lake Ontario, Wayne County, NY
Size: 473 + acres
Description: On January 12, 2016 the State closed on 473 Acres of Critical Refuge for migratory birds and spawning fish on the Lake Ontario shoreline. The land was purchased from The Nature Conservancy for $171,000 to expand the Lakeshore Marshes Wildlife Management Area. Together with an additional 8 acres being donated by The Nature Conservancy, this acquisition is one of the largest undeveloped properties on Lake Ontario’s southern shore, and fills a gap in a string of public lands protecting coastal wetlands and bays along the southern shore of Lake Ontario.
Critical Refuge Acquisition on Lake Ontario Shoreline