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Walter J. Mahoney Building to be sold at auction, state employees to be relocated

Posted at 11:08 AM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-17 11:08:17-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Senator Walter J. Mahoney State Office Building will be auctioned in 2020.

Officials made the announcement Tuesday.

“As Buffalo’s transformation continues, the Senator Walter J. Mahoney State Office Building presents an incredible opportunity for further development in the heart of downtown,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “For almost 90 years, the Mahoney Building has served our state well, and I look forward to seeing how it will be re-purposed and used in the future.”

The building is located on Court Street in Buffalo, and currently houses state employees. A committee made up of city, county, and state officials was created in regards to the building. According to the Office of General Services Commissioner, the committee met with real estate consultants CBRE-- who recommended the property be sold on the open market.

"As economic investment in Buffalo nears $7 billion since 2012, the downtown property market is extremely strong. The State's decision to sell this iconic, but underutilized anchor building located on Niagara Square, opens the door to another innovative reuse," Mayor Byron W. Brown said. "I'm very pleased Governor Cuomo will be keeping the State employees who currently work at the Mahoney State Office Building in downtown Buffalo and look forward to welcoming our new neighbors on Niagara Square when the building is sold and re-purposed in 2020."

According to officials, state employees will continue to work downtown. More than 100 employees who work in the building will be relocated to leased space in Buffalo.

Officials will announce an auction date for the five-story, 69,000-square-foot building in the near future.