SBEV occupies the former George M. Dewey Elementary School, established in September, 1921. The building, soon entering its tenth decade, has seen several changes in ownership over the years. After it ceased operating as a school in 1991, it was purchased by Jobs Central, Inc. (later renamed Career Alliance), which specialized in career readiness and job training. The building was renamed the Sylvester Broome Jr. Training and Technology Center and opened in 1995. Under Career Alliance, the Broome Center eventually reached 93% occupancy before closing in 2012, in spite of much community effort to spare the programs and keep the building open. The Broome Center then sat empty for approximately three years before being purchased in 2015 by two business owners wishing to invest in North Flint, an area known for its high crime that had seen little redevelopment in at least a decade.