Suffolk’s future student housing likely will be more transit line oriented than “downtown-centric,” he said.
The city reportedly had assurances that it would return to regular apartments once BU’s Myles Standish renovations were done. Urban Spaces referred questions to Michaels, which did not respond.
“There aren’t many opportunities,” he said. “What’s important is not the distance from the campus, what’s important is the time it takes to commute, and this is a 20- to 25-minute commute.”
“Where our campus is located is becoming pretty well-developed by this point,” Nucci said of the decision to lease in Brighton.
Suffolk filed plans with the city to lease the privately owned residential building at 1047 Commonwealth Ave. as a dorm. Boston University is in its second and final year of leasing the property to house its students while renovating its Myles Standish Hall and Annex student residences.
Suffolk University is proposing a “stopgap” solution to its need for student dorms: Leasing a 180-unit apartment building to house up to 350 students in Brighton, a 20- to 25-minute MBTA ride from its downtown Boston campus.
Suffolk houses just more than 1,200 students — about 24 percent of its nearly 5,000 undergraduates — in four dorms on Beacon Hill and in Downtown Crossing and the Theatre District.