By Jaclyn Reiss, Globe Correspondent
October 13, 2012
Massachusetts Bay Community College plans to use the $22 million in capital funding it received from the state this month to help it create a new permanent site in downtown Framingham.
College officials are still in preliminary planning phases, and do not have a timetable or a location for the new Framingham property, but are aiming for a facility with 160,000 square feet of space, said Jeremy Solomon, a MassBay spokesman.
They will begin talks with the state’s Division of Capital Asset Management, which oversees the design and construction of public buildings, to find a location to buy that fits the needs of the school and the town, Solomon said.
MassBay plans to end its satellite campus leases on Flagg Drive in Framingham and on Eliot Street in Ashland, and consolidate their programs at the new Framingham location. The college’s main campus in Wellesley, which it has owned since 1973, will remain unaffected by the changes.
The college chose Framingham because of its access to public transportation, diverse population, and established relationship with MassBay, Solomon said.
The town’s economic vitality also proved key in MassBay’s decision-making process, he said.
“Having a permanent location in a town like Framingham, which is really at the heart of many growing industries of Massachusetts, will enable us to more closely align our programs with the needs of the academic region,” Solomon said.
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