BUFFALO, N.Y. - The City of Buffalo has big plans for the old Michael J. Dillon Federal Courthouse on Court Street. The 80-year-old building will become the new police and fire headquarters.

The city worked with the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Department of Justice to acquire the building for just $1, but Mayor Byron Brown has set aside nearly $2 million in his 2017 capital budget for upgrades to the 9-story building.

The first phase of improvements includes creating areas for evidence and DNA storage and updating data, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.

The historic building has been vacant since the Robert H. Jackson Federal Courthouse in Niagara Square opened in 2011.

The mayor said the city was in need of a new public safety campus, and this is a way to meet the city's needs while re-purposing an old building and saving taxpayer money.

The city's department of public works will issue a request for proposals for renovations and upgrades.
Construction is expected to start in the spring of 2017. The tentative completion date is September 1, 2017.

Mayor Brown and representatives from the GSA will have a special deed-signing ceremony in the future.