BMHA won't give preference to Fosdick Field project

Jul 1, 2015

City, state and federal elected officials support restoring Fosdick Field at City Honors School. But it appears the community group pushing the plan for the vacant Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority land will not be getting preferential treatment.

BMHA Executive Director Dawn Sanders-Garrett says the four-acre site next to City Honors was put up for sale last week.

An artist rendering of the proposal field and park in front of City Honors.

"Everybody will have the same opportunity. It's an open and transparent process," Sanders-Garrett said.

The BMHA is expected to wait to see what comes back before any decisions are made. The land is within view of the growing Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus.

"We'll entertain any offer that is a good fit for the neighborhood and in what's the best interests of the BMHA and it's 10,000 residents," Sanders-Garrett said.

Plans unveiled Tuesday include an athletic field for City Honors students and a public park. But Sanders-Garrett says because the BMHA receives federal funds the ultimate decision on the sale will be made by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.