Live Downtown! Why your next move should be to the apartments at SO

Seneca One is a Community, Not a Complex.

New With A View

Seneca One boasts 115 stellar new apartment units—from studios to three bedrooms—completed in 2018.  While the building has history, the apartments are fresh. Units feature all of the top of the line amenities you want in luxury living, stainless steel appliances, in-home washer and dryer, and more. 

Everything you’d need is inside, and you also have a great view of everything there is to offer outside through massive windows! Apartments have views of iconic downtown spots like Canalside, Pearl Street, Lake Erie, Seneca One Plaza, and Sahlen Field!

People with Passion

Everyone who lives and works at Seneca One is committed to downtown Buffalo’s resurgence. Current tenants were drawn to the building because it is a one of a kind option in a city they love. With shared spaces from the fitness center to outdoor seating areas, you can turn your neighbors into connections and lifelong friends. 

Plus, some of Buffalo’s most exciting companies call Seneca One home. Hang out in the lobby and you can network with Buffalonians from companies like Odoo, 43North, M&T Bank, Lighthouse Technology Services, Douglas Development, and more! 

Douglas Development Cares

The Douglas Vision and the entire Douglas Development team are dedicated to building a community at Seneca One, not just filling apartments. The team is working to create an inclusive environment with a  melting pot of tenants. 

Plus, Douglas Development gives back to the community! In November, they partnered with M&T Bank to give away 500 turkeys to Western New York families in need a few days before Thanksgiving. 

“Like our partners at M&T Bank, Douglas Development and the team at Seneca One are committed to giving back to the community, and with the difficulties this year has brought, helping our neighbors is more important than ever,” Douglas Jemal, principal of Douglas Development, told Channel 7 news in regards to the giveaway. 

Events for Everyone

While the pandemic has slowed down our chances to gather lately, Seneca One is ready to host nonstop events for networking and socializing when it’s safe to get together. There are events to suit everyone. Residential Happy Hours? Check. Professional Mixers? You got it! Comedy nights? Get ready to bring out your inner Jerry Seinfeld. When the Bills make it to the Super Bowl? Seneca One will be hosting the watch party. 

For residents only, one of the most fun and unique events at Seneca One is the Seneca One Space Club! Join Western New York’s most exclusive group of amateur astronomers as they star gaze from the roof of Seneca One!

Live, Work, Play!

When that highly anticipated snow storm hits, you won’t even have to leave the building! Seneca One is set with everything you need to live, work, and play downtown. 

Have a furry friend to bring along? Units are pet friendly, and a dog park is coming soon! Like to keep things moving? There is a 24-hour state of the art fitness studio (and Seneca One is dedicated to fit and healthy living). 

Plus the building has onsite food and drink, with more to come! Stop by the Food Hall for a quick lunch, or grab a post-workout protein shake from The Blend

Interested in starting your next adventure downtown at Seneca One? Check out this site for more info, and then send a note to residential manager Samantha Soltis,

Talkin’ Tech with Nick Kosinski of Odoo

Talkin’ Tech is a series where the Douglas Development team chat with some of the movers and shakers of Buffalo’s tech and start-up scene to get their insight into how the city has evolved and is continuing to evolve in those spaces. 

Check out our chat with Nick Kosinski, Director of East Coast operations at Odoo. 

Describe Odoo in 1-2 sentences: 

Odoo is an integrated suite of business management applications. 

What do you do for Odoo?

I oversee Odoo’s East Coast operations, so that includes everything from Sales, Professional Services, Support, Technical, etc. 

How did you end up in (or back in) Buffalo? 

I started at Odoo in 2015 in New York City. I was selling for Odoo there, and I got pretty involved and interested in the technical side of the product and branched out. While selling, I continued to learn more and more, and I got involved in some of the different areas of the business. That passion and underlying interest has allowed me to seek out an opportunity to grow with the company  and ultimately establish an East Coast office. 

We have an office of about 550 in Belgium today, and 250 in San Francisco. When establishing an East Coast office, the company wasn’t interested in having it in New York City, primarily due to saturation of the market. In New York City, there are thousands of technology companies we would have had to compete with from an employment standpoint, a compensation standpoint, relevance standpoint. We saw that there were some more interesting tier two cities that possessed the resources we would need to be successful, such as student population, general cost of doing business, culture, geographical location. For those reasons, we decided to go against the grain, think outside the New York City box, and we found Buffalo and moved into Seneca One. I jumped on the opportunity to come back here. 

After growing up in Buffalo, moving away, and then coming back here, what has surprised you the most about the tech/start-up scene in Buffalo?

I think it’s both surprising and unsurprising. Everyone kind of has an idea of Buffalo being a city of good neighbors, a city that has a lot of camaraderie. Buffalo is full of people that see themselves as a community. A sort of underdog mentality blankets all of that. I knew that growing up here, of course. When I worked in tech in New York for some time it was very much a competitive space. When I came back here to Buffalo, it was kind of the opposite of that. It was an environment where the person standing next to you, the one standing behind you, the one in front of you, are all interested in seeing you grow, and you are interested in seeing them grow. I think that mentality is rooted in the theory that a rising tide lifts all boats. I think that is the most compelling and interesting facet of the tech scene here in Buffalo. It’s amazing to see how people work together and to see how people know that they need to come together to make a shift as a community. People work towards a common objective. They collaborate. They cooperate. It’s not just surprising, but it really reminds me to be proud of where I am from and to work that much harder to make a shift happen. 

Obviously it is a unique year, and we are starting to see a lot of companies rethink their operations. How do you think COVID has impacted how companies will choose where to be located and set-up their offices?

Obviously COVID is a nightmare, and we all look forward to the day when it’s behind us. When it comes to long-term impacts, a lot of people are looking through the lens of the individual employee, like this is an opportunity for employees to work remotely, to never go into an office again, to work from the beach. While that is obviously true and the right move for some companies, it definitely won’t be the case for most. Big companies like Google, Amazon, Facebook are buying up commercial real estate and betting against the idea of remote-only moving forward. 

Looking through the lens of the employer and the ability to scale a team and deliver services remotely provides a different perspective. I think that the long-term impact will be that companies no longer need to be in cities like New York, Seattle, or San Francisco in order to deliver quality services across the continent or even the globe. For that reason, they will look elsewhere for their offices and headquarters I suspect. Obviously there are other factors, like access to resources, that need to be considered, but companies will definitely be looking for ways to save where they can. The simple reason that remote-only work isn’t here to stay is that the collaborative impact of being in the office, especially in the tech space where oftentimes the products are complex and there are steep learning curves, cannot be optimized with work-from-home. Remote work can create huge costs of both money and time for companies trying to rapidly create a culture, scale up operations, and more. We don’t yet have the technology to fully replicate in-office collaboration for remote work, in my opinion. 

What’s the best thing about working in Seneca One? 

We’ve been in Seneca One since early September. The best thing is the collaboration, being able to buzz down the elevator and see familiar faces who work at different companies like M&T Bank and 43North. Being able to see people, chat with them, exchange ideas with them, learn from them, and having them be able to learn things from us has a tremendous impact on the evolution of what we’re trying to create both here at Seneca One and in the Buffalo community more broadly. 

What Greg Baker, Sean Heidinger, Sam Soltis, and the Douglas Development team are doing is really working. It’s really a long-term plan. It’s incredible to watch them show up day in and day out to realize this great Seneca One vision . It’s an incredible project and everyone is really involved in the community. It’s more than just a building.  

Is Odoo currently hiring?

Odoo is absolutely hiring. We are hiring for Account Executives at the moment. If you are someone who is interested in technology and helping businesses operate more efficiently, then by all means reach out. 

What Buffalo food did you miss the most when you were living in New York City?

LaNova pizza with blue cheese, specifically from the one on Main. With charred pepperonis for sure. 

10 Activities for an Awesome Lunch Break at Seneca One

There’s lots to see and do in downtown Buffalo these days, so why not take some time on your lunch break to get out and explore the neighborhoods surrounding Seneca One! Take a look at our top 10 fun ideas to try out that are just a short walk from us.

  1. Meet your daily step goal with a walk around the historic Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park.
  2. Enjoy the beautiful waterfront views and rent a kayak at Canalside.
  3. Meet up with some friends and have lunch at 716, Liberty Hound, or Pearl Street.
  4. Take a walk down Main Street and peek in the shops and restaurants. Ride the Metro back.
  5. Explore Buffalo’s public art murals, and make sure to stop at 461 and 465 Washington St.
  6. Grab take out from E-Cafe at the Glenny and have a picnic at Dart Lawn at Canalside.
  7. Celebrate your inner child at the new Explore & More Children’s Museum.
  8. You can never have too much Buffalo gear. Pick up some new Buffalo gear at the Sabres’ store or at the BFLO store.
  9. Dive into a good book at the Buffalo Central Library.
  10. Grab a Reddy Bikeshare, located in front of Sahlen’s Field at 275 Washington St, and take a bike ride along the water

This is just a snapshot of the exciting amenities nearby Seneca One. What are some of your favorite things to downtown?