Fosdick Field Plans Announced Today; Meanwhile, BMHA Already Trying to Sell the Land
by Buck Quigley - posted 1:54 pm, June 30, 2015
Above is a photo taken this morning of the big, grassy field in front of City Honors School—currently owned by the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority. BMHA bought the land from the city for $15,000 in 1977 and constructed the long-dilapidated and recently demolished Woodson Gardens housing complex there.
With the land now cleared again, there has been a movement afoot to return it to its original use as an athletic field for both the school and the neighborhood—which is starved for green space. Adjacent to the medical campus, the real estate is now appraised at $2.1 million, despite containing human remains from when it was used as a potter’s field in the 1800s.
Construction of the field is estimated at $2.9 million. According to speakers at today’s press conference, the money would need to come from a combination of public and private investment. Visit www.restoreourfield.org to learn more about the plans and view a virtual tour of the restored green space.
You can also click here to sign a petition calling for the restoration of historic Fosdick Field.
Here’s the catch: The BMHA has already put the land on the market, asking for $2,137,000. Although BMHA officials did not return calls and emails requesting comment, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) spokesman Charles McNally was quick to confirm that the real estate is currently for sale.
“Once they receive an offer, they will submit an application to HUD for formal approval to dispose of the land,” McNally said.
The restoration of the field is endorsed by:
Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus
Fruitbelt Neighborhood Coalition
UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Orchard Community Initiative
City of Buffalo Preservation Board
Cornerstone Manor/Buffalo City Mission
UB School of Clinical and Translational Research Center
City Honors Parent, Teacher, Student Community Organization (PTSCO)
Fosdick-Masten Park High School Alumni Association
WNY Land Conservancy
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Buffalo Olmsted Parks
City Honors School Alumni Association