Ben Franklin Institute of Technology to Move to Dudley Square
Council member Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT) has announced plans to relocate to Dudley Square in Roxbury. The Institute was founded in 1908 and has spent over a century in Boston’s South End.
In late September, BFIT completed its purchase of the old Harrison Supply Co. building located off Melnea Cass Boulevard, with plans to build its new campus there over the next couple of years. The school filed plans with the Boston Planning & Development Agency for a building of about 85,000 square feet. The new facility will feature an advanced manufacturing center, walk-in optical shop, and other state-of-the art workforce training tools. The new, modern campus will be located much closer to the various neighborhoods of where the majority of its nearly 550 students live. In addition, the new location allows better access to the several nonprofits and educational institutions with which the school partners.
“So many people in Boston are not really getting all the benefits of the booming economy,” said BFIT President Anthony Benoit said. “Dudley Square is the place we selected. It can be our home base to really catapult forward our participation in improving the Boston economy in a very specific way, that is making the benefits of this red-hot economy available to … the ordinary people of Boston.”
The Council congratulates Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology on this important move to Dudley Square and wishes them continued success.