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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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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 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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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…

Construction and Growth

Until recently, anyone looking at One Seneca Tower from outside could be excused for wondering just how much construction was actually happening. Crews had erected the steel frame of a pair of new retail buildings on the plaza level, and various pieces of equipment or vacuum tubes could occasionally be seen on the site. But there was little other visible evidence of pro…

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Developer Douglas Jemal got the green light from the Buffalo Planning Board Monday to proceed with his modified plan for remaking the plaza level of One Seneca Tower. Board members approved a set of changes to Jemal's previously approved site plan that calls for a mixed-use blend of apartments, restaurants and retail space in the two five-story Annex buildings alongside…

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Douglas Jemal is again revising his reuse plan for the plaza level of One Seneca Tower, this time by removing proposed retail kiosks, expanding a new single-story structure on the east side of the tower, and replacing 33 apartments in an annex building with a food court and kitchen. The revision by Jemal's Douglas Development Corp. marks the second change in eight month…

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Construction and development are expected to continue at a frenetic pace in Buffalo in 2018, as attention shifts from the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus to several major projects in downtown Buffalo and Elmwood Village, along with a host of smaller efforts in various parts of the city. Here’s a look at what’s coming this year: • One Seneca Tower: Washington developer…

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The Buffalo Planning Board Monday unanimously approved plans by the developer of One Seneca Tower to scale back a couple of new secondary buildings on the site, and introduce smaller spaces for local retailers that architects are calling "pavilions." The seven new, smaller retail spaces will each be about 434 square feet and will line the east plaza edge along Washingto…

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Barbara Campagna and Susan Penczkowski started on opposite sides of the crowd last Thursday inside One Seneca Tower, but they were drawn toward one another, like magnets. They kept reacting to the moment in the same delighted way, and they were glad someone else could understand what they were thinking. Inside the 1970s stone emptiness of the tower's main concourse, …