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Big advances for two key downtown development projects

Statler exterior project approved, former police headquarters sold

June 13, 2019 - 10:11 pm

Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown was all smiles at the Corporate Challenge Thursday night as he talked-up two major downtown development projects that hit major milestones this week. 

"It shows that there's great development interest in downtown Buffalo", said Mayor Brown as he told WBEN that the sale of the former Buffalo Police Headquarters at 74

Franklin Street had closed to developer Douglas Jemal and that the Preservation Board had approved exterior renovation work for the Statler building.

Jemal, owner of One Seneca Tower, plans to transform the former police headquarters into 174 residential units and the Mayor did not have a firm timeline for that project. The old BPD headquarters went up for sale in November 2018 and sold for $3 million.

The Preservation Board gave the go-ahead to Mark Croce to begin $3 million in exterior renovations to the Statler Thursday.  Mayor Brown said, "people will start to see new windows, they will see the entrances restored".  The exterior work on the Statler could begin as soon as this summer according to Mayor Brown.  "We're very fortunate that that building was saved from the wrecking ball", Brown added.

Mayor Brown credits the strategy of vacating the old police headquarters and making the move to the new location on Niagara Square for enabling the Buffalo Police Department to become an accredited agency.  The old police headquarters property lacked sufficient space and storage and would have been prohibitive in the accreditation process.






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