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Renovation plans for former Donovan Building unveiled


The first views of proposed changes to the former General Donovan State Office Building on lower Main Street were unveiled today. The renovated building will be known as One Canalside.

The city planning board received the plans from Benderson Development at its meeting Tuesday morning. Three stories of the building will become a 96-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel with the upper floors reserved for the Philips Lytle law firm, and retail and restaurant space on the first floor.

There will be below-ground and surface parking to accommodate 150 cars. The project is scheduled for completion in late 2013.

The planning board can only make recommendations on the privately-financed plan, but they expressed enthusiasm about it today. The proposal will go to the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation board Wednesday.


Mark Wozniak, WBFO's local All Things Considered host, has been at WBFO since mid-1978.
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