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Washington developer Douglas Jemal got the go-ahead from city planners for his latest set of changes to his Seneca One project, allowing him to enclose two sets of open stairs below the plaza, change some facade materials and introduce murals along walls where he can't put in storefronts and glass. Jemal's Douglas Development Corp. plans to cover the rear staircases tha…

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Developer Douglas Jemal is making yet another adjustment to his plans for the Seneca One tower complex, proposing a new screen wall, a change in materials, new wall murals and the enclosure of two sets of steps on the south side of the site. The owner of Washington, D.C.-based Douglas Development Corp. wants to continue the aesthetic improvements he has already begun on…

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Two proposed medical buildings on Elmwood Avenue in North Buffalo received zoning variances from the Green Code this week, advancing projects by Uniland Development Co. and Caliber Brokerage. The Zoning Board of Appeals approved requests related to front setback and parking for Uniland's plan to convert an abandoned one-story warehouse at 766 Hertel, by rehabbing the ex…

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To Seneca One tower owner Douglas Jemal, two clubhouses are better than one. Less than three months after obtaining city approval to add a one-story bar and entertainment building to the plaza level of the Seneca One tower, the developer now wants to add a matching second one on the other side of Main Street at Seneca Street. That's a switch from an earlier plan for a g…

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Washington developer Douglas Jemal can move ahead with his latest facade renovation and addition at One Seneca Tower, after the Buffalo Planning Board approved his proposal Monday night. Jemal's Douglas Development Corp. is adding a one-story building on the southeastern corner of the plaza, creating another 20,144 square feet of commercial office space, while extending…

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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…

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Less than a month after getting city approval for the last set of changes to his One Seneca Tower project, developer Douglas Jemal is coming back for yet another addition and facade improvement – this time to the corner of Exchange and Washington streets. Jemal's Douglas Development Corp. is proposing a one-story addition on the southeastern corner of the tower's plaza,…

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Developer Douglas Jemal's latest plan to expand One Seneca Tower's massive concrete design won approval from the Buffalo Planning Board Monday night, while Ellicott Development Co. got the go-ahead for a long-delayed new warehouse on Dingens Street. Jemal received approval in January for an addition and facade improvements to the west side of the tower complex's plaza l…

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Developer Douglas Jemal's remake of One Seneca Tower keeps evolving. Jemal's plan now includes a new bar and outside courtyard area on the exterior plaza along Seneca Street, a transformation of the tower lobby, and another proposed addition on the south side along Upper Terrace. Jemal, owner of Douglas Development Corp., is spending more than $120 million to redevel…

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Douglas Jemal loves to speak about the authenticity of Buffalo, as he works to bring back One Seneca Tower. The Washington, D.C., developer was on hand Tuesday, as contractors used a bright red, 100-foot crane to hoist a fenced-in platform carrying a 1928 Ford Model A car up to a window opening on the tower's elevated lobby level, where the glass and frames had been rem…

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Douglas Jemal, the Washington-based owner of One Seneca Tower, has agreed to purchase the former Buffalo police headquarters at Franklin and Court streets, which he will then convert into apartments, Mayor Byron W. Brown will announce Friday during his annual State of the City speech. Jemal, owner of Douglas Development Corp., will pay the asking price of $3.05 million …

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Douglas Jemal hasn't yet opened the new apartments and retail stores at the One Seneca Tower complex, but the developer behind the overhaul and planned revival of Buffalo's tallest building is ready to add more office space to the mix. And he's got the ideal tenant in mind: M&T Bank Corp. Jemal's Douglas Development Corp. is proposing to add more than 110,000 squ…

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One Seneca Tower is getting a new look. A shiny new coat of black paint is covering the concrete facade's horizontal strips at the lower levels to tie in with the two new dark-colored retail buildings that are nearing completion on the plaza. And a new gray-and-white facade has been installed around the two tower doors in an attempt to create a much friendlier entran…

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Douglas Jemal, the Washington, D.C., real estate developer who is trying to bring One Seneca Tower back to life, has added to his holdings in Buffalo with the purchase of an old industrial building in Riverside. Jemal's Douglas Development Corp. paid $525,000 last week to buy the River Rock Industrial Incubator complex. That's a 95,000-square-foot facility at 175 Rano S…

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When developer Douglas Jemal started considering what to do with One Seneca, he found himself pondering one element in particular: what to do with the enormous black sculpture that stands three stories tall on its plaza. He consulted with a host of advisers and others, and every time he showed someone a photo of it, they urged him to "get rid of it," said Paul Millstein…