Progress continues at Seneca One Tower

Douglas Jemal expects building to finish renovation in September

Mike Baggerman
July 08, 2020 - 1:25 pm
Seneca One Tower with its old and new colors. July 8, 2020 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

Seneca One Tower with its old and new colors. July 8, 2020 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) – The developer for Seneca One Tower in Buffalo believes that renovation of the city’s tallest building will be complete in about two months.

Douglas Jemal anticipates tenants moving as early as October.

“We were shut down for three months,” Jemal said. “Then we got back up and running again. It’s taking another month for everybody to get their working gear in order. Now it’s been fine.”

Jemal said they are “60 days away” from having the building be “live and in action”. This includes entertainment outside in the stone buildings. One building will be a “clubhouse” for those who live in the building which will include food and drink. The other stone building will feature retail and a micro-brewery for the community to enjoy.

“Buffalo’s back,” Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said after a tour of the building. “I wanted to come here and showcase that even during this pandemic, which we’ve done such an amazing job getting under control here in New York State, the work is continuing. There’s still construction workers earning a paycheck. That’s the message I wanted to send here today. Buffalo and places like this in Upstate New York are continuing that work behind the scenes to keep people employed.”

M&T Bank officials originally hoped the launched of their tech hub to begin in July. Now, they are anticipating moving into the building in October after pandemic-related delays.

“We’re definitely going to change the way we’re going to have to occupy this space,” M&T Bank Chief Information Officer Michael Wisler said. “We continue to be convicted about the long-term plans of this space. Certainly in the short-term when we think of density…I’d anticipate we ramp our capacity over time as we, first and foremost, want to create a safe space for everybody.”

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