Buffalo City Hall (left) and Federal Courthouse (right). October 9, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

City Plans to Sell Former Police Headquarters

Listing will go live on Nov. 26

November 16, 2018 - 3:38 pm

BUFFALO (WBEN - Brendan Keany) - The city is already looking to re-purpose the former Buffalo Police headquarters on Franklin St.

Mayor Byron Brown called a press conference this afternoon to announce what the city plans on doing with the building.

"Today, we are announcing that the listing to sell the former Buffalo Police headquarters at 74 Franklin St. will go live on Monday, Nov. 26," said Brown.

An outside appraiser valued the building at $3,050,000, and that's where the city's asking price will start. The mayor says there has already been significant interest, and Brendan Mehaffy, who works in the office of strategic planning, discusses why the building should generate some intrigue.

"This building speaks to location, location, location," said Mehaffy. "Whether you are driving in your car, you're just blocks away from the 190, you are blocks away from the 33 or the access roads to the 33. If you're mass transit, you're blocks away from the transit hub; if you're walking, you're blocks away from Canalside, from a revitalized Erie St. that is being built. So, in terms of the potential for this building, it really is tremendous in terms of its location."

Mehaffy also added some of the possible uses for the structure.

"Whether it be residential, whether it be a hotel, whether it be office, there will be people looking at this building with all of these factors in mind," he said.

Brown says the city will employ the Multiple Listing Service to gauge interest and bids from redevelopers. He added that using this system will cast the widest net possible in attempting to attract organizations to the spot.

"This will help expedite the sale while also insuring that the city receives a fair price for this prime piece of downtown real estate," he said.

When asked whether a greater importance of the decision will be placed on the selling price versus the function of the bidding organization, Brown said that both factors will be important in the process.

"We're looking to get a development that we believe in, and we're looking to get a good, fair price," Brown said. "I look forward to seeing the offers for this building, and I am confident that moving it on to our tax rolls will ensure a brighter future every resident in every neighborhood in our city."

Hear the full audio from the press conference below:

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