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Phillips Lytle moves into new Canalside home

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The anchor tenant of One Canalside cut the ribbon Monday on its new home. The Phillips Lytle law firm now occupies the top four floors of the former Donovan State Office Building in downtown Buffalo. Benderson Development Vice President Eric Recoon says the $30 million privately-funded conversion of the 50-year-old building shows that using public dollars "to prime the pump" is attracting private investment near Buffalo's Inner Harbor.

"A block south of us, there's more proof that the model works, as the Sabres are undergoing their project with HARBORcenter involving the biggest cranes I've ever seen in the City of Buffalo. Further proof is just talking with folks in the community and seeing the excitement and the recognition that it's real," Recoon said.

The 85,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art office building will house Phillips Lytle's 300 employees, who previously worked out of One Seneca Tower. Rep. Brian Higgins says the law firm took a leap of faith in committing early to the now booming district.

"One Canalside means a lot more than just a mailing address," Higgins said. "It's a statement of Dave McNamara's and Phillips Lytle's vision for this community. It's a statement of confidence," Higgins said.

A Courtyard by Marriott is expected to open in the spring. The hotel will be located on the first four floors of the building.