Benjamin Franklin Village
Coordinates: Benjamin Franklin Village, also called BFV, was a United States Army installation in Mannheim-Käfertal, Germany. It opened in 1947 after World War II and was named after Benjamin Franklin. It was closed as part of the restructuring of US forces in Europe. The last soldier and his family moved out in September, 2012.
The Mannheim military community comprised several posts within a relatively small area in and around Mannheim. Sullivan Barracks, Taylor Barracks, and Funari Barracks, Benjamin Franklin Village housing and the military shopping area were all located within walking distance of one another.
The approximate total population in Mannheim assigned prior to closure was 15,000 which consists of: Army active duty, 4,000; Air Force active duty, 200; Army family members, 6,484; Air Force family members, 197; civilian employees and family members, 3,266 and US military retirees, 727. The closure of Mannheim and Heidelberg Kasernes is estimated to save the US $112,000,000 per year in operational costs starting in 2016.
Benjamin Franklin Village and the other Army Kasernes in Mannheim are scheduled to be returned to the German government after the US removes all of its property from the site. Planning for redevelopment of the real estate is already ongoing. Parts of the buildings were used to host some hundred asylum seekers and refugees starting September 2015.
- A look back at Benjamin Franklin Village at Military Brat Life
- Photos of Benjamin Franklin Village shopping area and Sullivan Barracks in 1964
- Photos of Benjamin Franklin Village housing and shopping areas in 1964
- Aerial view of Benjamin Franklin Village in the 1990s
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-04-03. Retrieved 2013-04-03.