Buffalo school welcomes development

June 24, 2014 Updated Jun 24, 2014 at 8:40 AM EDT

By Elizabeth Carey

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June 24, 2014 Updated Jun 24, 2014 at 8:40 AM EDT

A local development project is getting a straight A grade with a local school.

One year ago, a dilapidated, vacant housing project was blocking City Honors School in Buffalo.

Until 1977, the land was a playing field used by the school. But the city decided to use it for public housing. When that was abandoned, Buffalo schools pushed to have the eyesore cleared for years.

Demolition is complete and now the site looks much different. It is green space right outside the steps of City Honors, which is very appealing to Principal Dr. William Kresse.

"The housing authority did a great job on demolitions and shoring up that land for the time being," he said. "It looks the way it was designed to look - a gorgeous green lawn rolling up to the front of the school with an architectural masterpiece sitting on the hill."

Now the Buffalo school system is working very closely with the city and the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority to see the full campus at City Honors put back together as a result of the demolition of the old housing units.

In the long term, Dr. Kresse says he would like to the space put to good use. "We'd like to see a combination of a practical, all-weather field that can be used for the Buffalo Public Schools for practice and competition," he said. "But we also want to see surrounds that replicate that historic green space and park land that we had on this at this location before."

Dr. Kresse noted that the city and the housing authority have been very cooperative as they work to restore the neighborhood.