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Good Morning, Buffalo: A refreshing future for the Seneca One tower

Good Morning, Buffalo: A refreshing future for the Seneca One tower

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Aug. 31, 2020

Seneca One Tower

Douglas Jemal stands at the bar that appeared in the HBO TV series "The Sopranos."


Eat, drink and be merry: Jemal's $120 million makeover transforms Seneca One

Seneca One tower – Buffalo's tallest structure – has long been primarily an office building, hosting banks, law firms and other service businesses. But under new owner Douglas Jemal, it has a very different future.

Jemal is still bringing back new office tenants, anchored by M&T Bank Corp.'s new technology hub, along with 43North, Lighthouse Technology Services and Serendipity Labs. But he's also brought 115 new apartments to the scene, with the first tenants moving in Sept. 1.

Most notably, though, he's introducing an array of new amenities and features centered around food and drink, to make the building attractive for conventions, technology conferences, banquets and other events.

With its new lobby bar with soft-seating, a food hall, a 250-seat auditorium, a new seven-room conference center and event hall, three new retail and restaurant buildings, and a wood-paneled exterior clubhouse with an English bar and couches, Jemal is hoping to draw in new business activity to Buffalo. 

– Jonathan D. Epstein 



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Max Kalnitz is an award-winning multimedia journalist from Buffalo, New York whose work has appeared in Billboard, The Nation and The Buffalo News, among other outlets.

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