Seneca One Fits the Bill

Redevelopment of Buffalo’s half-century-old skyscraper headlines renaissance.

Seneca One, a Nixon-era high-rise in downtown Buffalo, N.Y., was constructed for a time in which downtowns were for working, not for living or playing. When the last corporate tenant abandoned the 40-story structure, a major waterfront landmark was left standing empty. Douglas Development Corp. acquired the tower in 2016, intent on making it the livework-play centerpiece of a downtown redevelopment. With Douglas serving as general contractor and Antunovich Associates as architect, Seneca One now combines residences, 15,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, and building additions enabling enhanced traffic flow. The building has captured new tenants, luring new workers as well as visitors to events ranging from jazz lunches to a “Headshots & Hops” happy hour.

Seneca One is the beacon of the Buffalo renaissance. The tenants in the building are all established or rapidly growing companies. They are mostly technology-related companies that are hiring and bringing new talent to Buffalo.”

Greg Baker, Douglas Development Corp. director of development for the Buffalo/Niagara Falls area


Race for Place

The building, originally known as the Marine Midland Center and later as HSBC Center, was constructed between 1969 and 1974 for $50 million. Today, it’s the most high-profile effort in Buffalo’s Race for Place initiative, introduced by Mayor Byron W. Brown and Buffalo Urban Development Corp.

The Details

  • A Buffalo skyline topper at 40 stories and 529 feet
  • 1.2 million square feet of space
  • More than $200 million construction budget
  • Private financing, construction loans among funding sources
  • Residential component: 115 apartments
  • Four new buildings permit new eateries and shops
  • Redevelopment added more than 100,000 square feet
  • NFTA Metro Rail runs under building
  • 250-seat auditorium, grand hall, and state-of-the-art conference center enable a wide variety of events
Seneca One Plaza exterior

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Seneca One interior

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