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Jemal completes purchase of former Buffalo Police HQ

Washington developer Douglas Jemal has completed his previously announced purchase of Buffalo's former police headquarters building near Niagara Square, paving the way for him to begin a $30 million redevelopment into a new set of downtown apartments, to be dubbed "The Police Apartments."

Jemal paid $3.05 million for the four-story building at Franklin and Court streets, according to documents filed with the Erie County Clerk's office.

The owner of Douglas Development Corp. now plans to convert the 104,082-square-foot structure at 74 Franklin into 175 market-rate apartments, with a mixture of studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units. About 10% of the apartments will be set at rents affordable for those earning 80% of the area's median income.

The building's amenities will include fire pits, a gym or fitness center, a recreation area and bicycle storage or parking, as well as a social gathering area. Even the former holding cells will be used. Jemal said in February that he envisioned the courtyard area, where cars enter in the rear, would be used as the main entrance, and he wanted to name the four corners of the building after "notorious gangsters."

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