Alan Dewart is the President of Seneca Development & Management Corporation and has been actively involved in real estate development and management since 1968.
As Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, he teaches a course on the financial aspects of real estate development.
He holds an MBA from Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management and is experienced in real estate development, financial feasibility analysis, management, and syndication. In the mid 1970’s, he was employed by New York State Urban Development Corporation as Director of Marketing and Residential Development at its Audubon New Community in Amherst, New York. Prior to his work with NYS UDC, he operated a homebuilding company constructing and selling upwards of one hundred homes annually in Erie County.
In the 1980’s, Alan’s company spearheaded the redevelopment of Buffalo’s Theatre District, first with Theater Place, a 60,000 square foot mixed-used renovation project, and then across the street with the Market Arcade Cinema, an historic rehab project which includes an eight-screen movie theater. He was instrumental in bringing downtown the Tralfamadore Café jazz club, a 450-seat nightclub which stands as one of the finest facilities of its kind and size in the country.
His firm has been responsible for the development and construction of approximately $15 million of light-manufacturing and distribution warehouse facilities, most of which are located in Western New York. He also serves as a consultant in many aspects of real estate development as well as a principal in entities that own and lease three educational facilities comprised of nearly 100,000 square feet to Bryant & Stratton College in Orchard Park and Amherst, New York.
For nearly a dozen years, he served as President of the Theatre District Association and previously as Vice President of the not-for-profit Buffalo Place, Inc. which manages Buffalo’s mile long light rail pedestrian mall. He served as one of the founding members of Homespace Corp. Alan has served as a member of the Regional Center Plan Advisory Committee and as a past Director on the Convention and Tourism Bureau. Alan holds a New York State Real Estate Broker’s license. He is a licensed Layreader and former Vestryman and Warden at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Orchard Park, New York.
Dewart received his MBA from Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Management (1968) and his BA in economics from Middlebury College (1964).