Buffalo, N.Y. - A once non-descript government building in Buffalo is getting a new lease on life at Canalside.
The old Donovan State Office Building on Washington Street is being transformed into a new hotel and the home of one of the city's biggest law firms.
It's very appropriate that the new address for the old Donovan Building is One Canalside, because the building marked the first private sector development at Canalside.
Time lapse photography over nearly the last three years shows where a 1960's era government office building is being turned into a piece of Buffalo's 21st century future.
The building's top four floors will be occupied by the Phillips Lytle law firm, its 300 employees are due to move in in just two months from now on November 15th.
From their new digs they'll have spectacular views of the Sabres Harborcenter project, the Inner Harbor, and Naval and Servicemen's Park.
Dave McNamara is the firm's managing partner.
Scott Brown: "Why did you guys want to be down here Dave?"
Dave McNamara, Phillips Lytle: "We evaluated all of the options at the time we were conducting our search, this just had the most appeal to us, we knew there were going to be exciting things happening at Canalside and we wanted to be part of it."
Phillips Lytle is moving from its longtime home at the HSBC Tower, the firm signed its lease with the One Canalside's owner, Benderson Development, more than two years ago.
Scott Brown: "Do you consider yourselves pioneers being down here this early?"
Dave McNamara, Phillips Lytle: "We do. We felt more like pioneers at the beginning of the process before we knew all of the progress that was going to occur here. Feeling less like pioneers now that there's so much activity, but early in our process we did feel like pioneers."
The building's first four floors will house a Courtyard By Marriott hotel and some retail space. It's due to open next spring.