By James Fink, originally published in Buffalo Business First on Oct 8, 2019, 12:09pm EDT Updated Oct 8, 2019, 1:33pm EDT.

This is how Douglas Jemal will bridge the Main Street gap

Douglas Jemal is continuing with his quest to bring the Seneca One Tower “closer to the street.”

With work under way on his $120 million makeover of downtown Buffalo’s tallest building, Jemal has received clearance from the Buffalo Planning Board to have an elevated and weather-protected walkway along the southern plaza overlooking Lower Exchange and Lower Terrace streets. 

The planning board has recommended the Buffalo Common Council sell the air rights over a portion of Main Street near Lower Exchange Street to Jemal for $68,000. The council will consider the recommendation Oct. 8,

“It is really about bringing the building out to the property lines,” said Adam Walters, a Phillips Lytle LLP partner and Jemal’s attorney.

The 60-foot-long walkway, set some 21 feet about the NFTA’s Metro Rail track bed, will connect Seneca One Tower’s east and west wings, both of which will house office tenants.

“We want to bring everything together,” Walters said.

Seneca One Tower will be anchored by such tenants as M&T Bank and 43North. It will also house 115 apartments along with a mix of retail and restaurant operators.