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Fosdick Field of dreams now stalled for traffic study

A rendering of the proposed Fosdick Field.
City Honors Foundation
A rendering of the proposed Fosdick Field.

For many years, the former Fosdick-Masten High School in Buffalo had sports fields in front of the school, on Main Street. Then, the school closed and the school district sold the sports field to the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority.

The BMHA built housing and cut a street between Best Street and East North Street. However, the housing later closed and was torn down.

Supporters of what is now City Honors High School came up with the idea of restoring the four acres of land into sports fields once again. It would be Fosdick Field, named for "Pop" Fosdick, who was principal of the former high school for a generation.

Fundraising has gone on for several years and it never quite hit the target. The City Honors foundation bought the land for just over $2 million, but couldn't come up with the cash.

The school system stepped in. The city went along and closed Fosdick.

Recently, the momentum has stalled over traffic concerns, with the street closed. The question is, will traffic around City Honors clog by the restoration of athletic fields? Both the city and the school system want a traffic study and will now get one.

The entire Fosdick Field project is stalled in front of Buffalo's Common Council while that study is done. So the progress toward a field of dreams has a yellow light while traffic is analyzed.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.