Say goodbye to a Buffalo eyesore

June 19, 2013 Updated Jun 19, 2013 at 8:04 AM EDT

By Elizabeth Carey

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June 19, 2013 Updated Jun 19, 2013 at 8:04 AM EDT

Say goodbye to an eyesore that sits outside the doors of Buffalo's top school. Former housing that lines the streets of Michigan and Fosdick Avenues, right in front of City Honors School and right near the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, is coming down.

Until 1977, the land was a playing field used by the school, but the city took it over and built public housing on the site. In recent years, the housing was abandoned and City Honors has been pushing to have it demolished.

The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority is now overseeing demolition, which should be complete in the next few weeks.

Dr. William Kresse, City Honors principal, says it will be a welcome site to many. "It's important to City Honors because it provides access to a field where our students can walk out during the day and make use of for recreation, for physical education classes and other purposes," he said. "But it's just as important, I think, to the spirit of the neighborhood, which has seen a lot of revitalization from the medical campus and to the school district."

Dr. Kresse says some fields for city schools have been upgraded over the past few years, but there is still a shortage of fields for both middle school and high school students in Buffalo.

Improvements around City Honors will also impact its historical status and the nearby medical campus. "We think restoration of green space will enhance our National Register Historic School Building," he said. "It's also going to add to the look and feel of the neighborhood. Having a green space adjacent to the hospital where people are recovering and going through treatments, we think, can do nothing but enhance the medical campus."

Now that City Honors has undergone a school reconstruction process worth more than $40 million, Dr. Kresse is looking forward to having his entire campus restored. City Honors is working with the BMHA and the city on transition of the land.

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