Suffolk University, long a controversial neighbor on Beacon Hill, will shift its campus closer to Boston’s downtown and build a $62 million classroom complex that will modernize its academic programs and facilities, university officials said Tuesday.
The real estate moves will result in the sale of two of Suffolk’s buildings on Beacon Hill and remove the noisy student traffic that has often put the university at odds with its residential neighbors. Two other classroom buildings in the neighborhood will be converted into administrative offices.
Meanwhile, Suffolk will build a new, eight-story classroom complex a couple blocks away, at 20 Somerset St., where it will also create a public park on what is now a windswept, empty lot. The location currently hosts an old government office building that will be demolished next year.
“We want this building to make clear that we are committed to providing state-of-the-art facilities for all our students,” said James McCarthy , who took over as Suffolk’s president in February. “It will be designed in a way that is flexible and allows us to react to changes we cannot even imagine right now.”