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New look, new paint job for Seneca One Tower in Downtown Buffalo

Posted at 2:38 PM, Jun 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-15 23:19:13-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Buffalo's tallest building is undergoing its most dramatic top-to-bottom makeover in its nearly 50-year history.

Douglas Development has begun repainting the exterior of the 38-floor Seneca One Tower, replacing the current sand color with a warmer, red-brick colored look.

The overhaul is getting underway as construction resumes inside on M&T Bank's new technology hub, which will transform about a quarter of the skyscraper into the home of more than 1,000 employees.

Work at Seneca One was put on hold in March as New York state shutdown non-essential construction during the COVID-19 pandemic. M&T’s tech space in the 10 floors it has leased is expected to be ready for occupancy in the third quarter, although the company has notified employees it will maintain its current operating status at all locations until at least Labor Day.

Construction has also resumed at the Plaza and Pearl Street levels, including steel work to create a mezzanine on the Plaza level.

In addition to M&T and current occupants 43North, Techstars and Odoo, the tower will also be home to 115 apartments. Douglas Development says the first tenants are expected to start moving in this August.