Old Buffalo Police Headquarters at Franklin and Church in Buffalo. The building was purchased by Washington, D.C. developer Douglas Jemal, who also owns One Seneca Tower. February 15, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

Former Buffalo Police Headquarters purchased by Douglas Jemal

Washington, D.C. developer also owns One Seneca Tower

February 15, 2019 - 8:05 am

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - The developer of One Seneca Tower has purchased the former Buffalo Police Headquarters building at the corner of Church and Franklin and plans to redevelop it into housing.

Douglas Jemal, a Washington D.C. developer, confirmed the purchase to WBEN on Friday morning. 

"I caught the Buffalo love," he said when he asked why he's had such interest in Buffalo.

The sale of the building was worth $3.05 million according to Business First. The former headquarters moved to the Dillon Courthouse last fall and has sat vacant for only a few months. 

"It will probably be open with people living in there in about 15 months," Jemal said. 

Jemal purchased One Seneca Tower in early-2017 for $12 million with plans to convert the 38-story tower into more than 100 apartments and retail space. 

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