Phillips Lytle office revitalizes Buffalo waterfront

Business Council member Phillips Lytle LLP, one of Western New York’s preeminent law firms, cut the ribbon on new state-of-the-art office on Buffalo’s waterfront.

David J. McNamara, Managing Partner, Phillips Lytle, said, “This new space offered us a blank canvas to create a law office that will be a vehicle for outstanding client service by enabling collaboration, efficiency and innovation. Our firm has grown and prospered on lower Main Street for the last 179 years and we look forward to continued success while contributing to the vibrancy of Canalside. It was one thing to work with our project partners to put our dream office on paper, but I can’t fully describe the thrill of watching those plans become a physical reality. We are really proud of what we have created, and will be reminded of how fortunate we are to be located in this community each and every time we walk through our office doors.”

The 85,000-square-foot law office has 300 employees and 13 conference rooms and occupies the top four floors of the eight-story former Donovan State Office Building, now known as One Canalside and

In July 2011, Benderson Development Company and Phillips Lytle formally announced the first significant private investment in the emerging Canalside area. The more than $30 million project involved stripping the vacant government building down to its steel beams and giving it a modern exterior and ultra-functional interior.  Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC), a state entity that supports and promotes the creation of infrastructure and public activities along Buffalo’s waterfront, assumed title to the Donovan Building in December 2007 and started asbestos remediation. It later decided that the best use for the building would be adaptive reuse and issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the redevelopment of the building which was awarded to Benderson Development Company.

Governor Cuomo said, “Through the state’s hard work and investment, the success of Canalside is now an absolute magnet for new private sector investment.”

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