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Douglas Development proposes plan for apartments, parking adjacent to Seneca One

An out-of-town developer is looking to remake a blighted section of downtown Buffalo. Douglas Jemal and his Douglas Development Corporation has been named by Mayor Byron Bown as the designated developer for a city-owned parking lot sitting at the interchange of the of the Skyway and I-190. 

The property at 61 Terrace sits adjacent to One Seneca Tower, which Douglas Development is redeveloping into a “tech hub” with M&T Bank. The proposal is for a 9-story, 300,000 square-foot building that houses a parking ramp and apartment units.

Brown credited Jemal’s vision for seeing value in the long-neglected lot.

“Many people who look at this site can’t envision it as a potential major development site,” he said. “That’s what separates Douglas Jemal, Paul Millstein and Douglas Development from other developers.”

Douglas Development Vice President Paul Millstein said he doesn’t foresee any delays to the project due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“This will go to construction in 12 months most likely,” he said. “The city is still reviewing plans and permits, so that is critical to getting us started on time, so they’re moving forward, we’re moving forward. We see no delays whatsoever.”

Douglas Development has proposed to collaborate with architectural firm Antunovich Associates on the project.

Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Thomas moved to Western New York at the age of 14. A graduate of Buffalo State College, he majored in Communications Studies and was part of the sports staff for WBNY. When not following his beloved University of Kentucky Wildcats and Boston Red Sox, Thomas enjoys coaching youth basketball, reading Tolkien novels and seeing live music.
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