The future of the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center was in doubt for years until Governor Cuomo reversed course to keep the facility open last year.

Now it appears millions of dollars in upgrades are on the way.

The center is seeking requests for proposals for about $30 million of work at the West Seneca facility.

That money would come from the state's dormitory authority.

The upgrades would include a 48,000 square foot addition for inpatient and support services.

The project also calls for safety and security upgrades.

For years a group of lawmakers, former patients, families and staff fought the state's plan to close the facility and merge it with the downtown Buffalo Psychiatric Center.

Governor Cuomo initially vetoed a bill to keep it open, but changed that decision last year.

The new proposals have to be submitted by February 19.

The winning bid will be announced no earlier than March 5.

The CPC serves children across Western New York with severe emotional and behavioral problems.