Annual Report 2016


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UNIVERSITY HILL CORP. Collaborations and partnerships are common practice among University Hill institutions and are nurtured to support the growth of the University Hill area.


VA / Upstate Collaboration One of the most enduring partnerships on University Hill is between the Veterans Administration Medical Center and SUNY Upstate Medical University.


VA Medical Center For over 63 years, Upstate faculty, residents, and students have practiced medicine and trained at the medical center, providing the VA with highly skilled physicians and offers Upstate the venue to train the students and residents.


VA Medical Center Medical Surgery Ward $3.6 million The Veterans Administration completed the renovation of a medical/surgery ward in 2016, a $3.6 million investment. They are planning to undertake a similar $3.8 million renovation to another ward, to be completed in 2017. The Veterans Administration is currently investing over $20 million in its facilities.


VA / Crouse / Upstate Collaboration Crouse Health During the past year, the Veterans Administration has established Community Care Provider agreements with both University Hospital and Crouse Hospital.


VA / SU Collaboration Syracuse University And in conjunction with Syracuse University and its Institute for Veterans and Military Families, the medical center hosted Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert A. McDonald in July, 2016.


VA Secretary McDonald During his visit, he toured the Medical Center, met with the IVMF, and spoke with students at the Maxwell School.


SU National Veterans Resource Center Syracuse University is now preparing the site for the National Veterans Resource Complex, a first-of-its-kind facility in the United States and a leading example of academic, government and community collaboration dedicated to serving the nation’s veterans and military families. It will house state of the art vocational and educational programs for veterans. Construction on the project is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2017, and be complete by spring of 2019.


SU Campus Framework The National Veterans Resource Complex is one of the centerpieces of Syracuse University’s Campus Framework.


SU University Place Promenade $6 million The Campus Framework includes: The completion of the University Place Promenade, a $6 million investment to link the east and west ends of the campus;


SU Carrier Dome & Archbold Gym Reconstruction $255 million An ambitious $255 million project to replace the Carrier Dome’s roof and renovate the Archbold gym;


SU Campus Housing The shifting of south-campus student housing into the heart of the main campus; and


SU Campus Framework The construction of numerous academic and research buildings, to advance the mission of the University.


Partnership of Crouse Health & SU Whitman School of Management Crouse Health Syracuse University Educational partnerships are leading to better health outcomes. For example Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management has partnered with Crouse Health on clinical improvements related to the care of patients.


Crouse Medical Practice for SUNY ESF Students Crouse Health Crouse has recently entered into a partnership with SUNY ESF to provide health and wellness services to its 2,000 students. This partnership allows Crouse to extend its mission of community-focused care to one of its major neighbor institutions.


Crouse Pomeroy Emergency Services $38 million The first phase of Crouse’s new $38 million Pomeroy Emergency Services expansion project is expected to be complete in mid-2017. Phase II, calls for the renovation of the current emergency department to allow for the relocation of Prompt Care. Completion is scheduled for 2018 .


Crouse Health $10 million Renovation Crouse is also preparing to open a new patient care unit in January in the Memorial Building that will feature all private patient rooms. It is also expanding its Neuroscience Institute, which will be completed mid-2017. These two projects represent an investment of $10 million.


SUNY Upstate Medical University Academic Bldg. $40 million SUNY Upstate completed a number of major projects this year including the dedication of the new $40 million Academic Research Building. It provides new space for the School of Nursing as well as the Department of Psychology.


SUNY Upstate Medical University Ambulatory Care Center $250 million SUNY Upstate is also planning for one if its largest new facilities, the Ambulatory Care Center, which will be built at Adams Street and Almond Street across from the Cancer Center. The Ambulatory Care Center will provide services to families in a new $ 250 million facility.


SUNY Upstate Medical University SUNY Upstate has capital projects underway totaling $100 million in new investment. Key projects include a new family service center; emergency department upgrades; and three floors of patient room renovations. The new Pediatric emergency department opened in August, 2016. Work on the fourth and fifth floors of the cancer center is now underway to expand cancer treatment and accommodate the pathology lab.


Hutchings Psychiatric Center Campus Renovation $19 million Hutchings Psychiatric Center is completing the renovation of its campus. The final phase is a $19 million project to reconfigure an inpatient building that will house 50 adults. The project is scheduled for completion in 2018.


Hutchings Psychiatric Center Madison Street Whole Health Clinic $2 million In 2016, OMH Commissioner Dr. Ann Sullivan and state legislative leaders cut the ribbon on the $2 million renovation of the Madison Street “Whole Health” clinic.


Hutchings Psychiatric Center Madison Street Whole Health Clinic $2 million The clinic is the first in the OMH system to incorporate both medical and mental health care, serving 1000 patients.


Hutchings / Upstate Collaboration Hutchings Psychiatric Center provides rotation sites for both the adult residency program and the child fellowship program for Upstate’s Department of Psychiatry.


Hutchings / Upstate / Crouse / St. Joseph’s/ SU Collaboration Crouse Health Syracuse University St. Joseph’s Hospital The facility also provides a fertile training ground for nursing students at SUNY Upstate, Crouse Health, St. Joseph’s, and Syracuse University’s department of Social Work.


SUNY ESF Gateway Bldg. Syracuse University SUNY ESF and Syracuse University have had a relationship dating from 1911. The formal arrangement includes academic courses, co-curricular activities, information technology and disability services.


SUNY ESF Academic Research Building $30 million At SUNY-ESF, planning continues on the $30 million new research facility. The project will also entail a total renovation of the ESF Quad, transforming it into a teaching & learning laboratory. Construction will begin in the spring of 2017. in May 2017.


CNY Biotech Accelerator ESF was a partner with Upstate Medical University in the creation of the Central New York Biotech Accelerator. In 2016, Upstate completed a $5 million build-out of the third floor of the building.


CNY Biotech Accelerator 3 rd Floor Buildout Features of the new space are the National Grid Creation Garage and the Igloo Village, which provide flexible space for new company start-ups. The region can take advantage of these research assets to create jobs here.


CNY Biotech Accelerator Biotech Sean Ammirati Birchmere Ventures As a result of this increasing research strength, multiple venture capital firms have come here to seek investment opportunities.


Motion Intelligence For example, one of the original Startup New York firms, Motion Intelligence, develops innovative diagnostic tests for concussive assessments and autism. They successfully raised $2.5 million in two weeks to finance their latest round of growth. What a great success story!


CoE / UTRC / SU / Bush Technical / Air Innovations Collaboration Air Innovations Syracuse University With support from Syracuse Center of Excellence, faculty and students at Syracuse University are working with partners including the United Technologies Research Center, Air Innovations, and Bush Technical LLC.


Center of Excellence Personalized Environmental Control Systems They are seeking to transform HVAC systems through the development of personalized environmental control devices. This vision took a big leap forward with the award of a $3.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.


Center of Excellence Transportation Hub $4.2 million The Center of Excellence also is completing a new $4.2 million transportation hub, which will demonstrate a variety of clean energy solutions.


I-81 The greatest impact on the future of transportation for University Hill will be the final plan for Interstate 81.


I-81 NYSDOT Commissioner Matt Driscoll met with the University Hill Board in April, and stated that the EIS process will be complete early in 2017.


I-81-Viaduct option At this point there are two proposals remaining under consideration 1) Rebuilding the viaduct, or


I-81 Community Grid option 2) Building a community grid solution that will distribute Downtown and University Hill traffic through the existing street grid.


I-81 Solution Desired Characteristics Multiple access points Improved mass transit Strong connection between University Hill & Downtown Minimal impact on residents Preserve historic buildings Create a sustainable solution Cost effective The University Hill Transportation Committee worked together to reach recommendations for University Hill, emphasizing the primacy of these characteristics in a solution.


SMTC Smart Study SMTC Smart Study The University Hill Corporation is an active participant SMTC’s SMART study to encourage a greater use of mass transit for travel to University Hill. The future of the Hill area will be dependent on the quality of services provided by the Regional Transportation Authority. These systems are necessary for University Hill’s continued sustainability.


Purpose-built Student Housing A similar opportunity and challenge exists in the surge of “purpose-built student housing” projects. Generally, the University Hill Corporation supports new housing and mixed-use investment, such as 614 South Crouse Avenue shown above. There are concerns about the number, size and scale of other proposals.


U Point $18 million (Formerly BLVD. 404) During the year, the $18 million U Point project opened with 54 units and 163 beds.


Aspen Heights Student Housing Aspen Heights, with 420 beds, is under construction in the adjacent Outer Comstock neighborhood, and will be ready for occupancy in August, 2017.


1166 Syracuse Another project, 1166 Syracuse , has been proposed for East Genesee Street, will offer 363 beds, and if approved will be in place by August, 2018 .


Peak Campus Student Housing Another project proposed by Peak Campus for the 900 block of East Genesee Street will also be in place by August, 2018 if it is approved.


Demolition proposed for 945 E. Genesee Street There are increasing concerns about the number of beds being proposed, the impact on the small business districts and the adjacent neighborhoods.


ReZone Syracuse It is hoped that the C ity of Syracuse will complete the Re-Zone Syracuse process before granting more waivers or approvals for large projects which violate the current zoning requirements.


Fayette Place Smaller , more diverse projects such as Chris Geiger’s Fayette Place at 712 East Fayette Street are preferred.


Sylvester Bldg. Chris Geiger has proposed another small project – the renovation of the historic Sylvester Building at 900 East Fayette Street, creating 42 housing units and 13,000 square feet of commercial space.


HVU / YWCA Winston Gaskins Project $19.6 million Housing Visions Unlimited YWCA Another positive development is the investment in the neighborhood by Housing Visions Unlimited. HVU is partnering with the YWCA for the planned $19.6 million dollar Winston Gaskin project to upgrade 20 buildings in 2018.


HVU / VA Veterans Housing Housing Visions Unlimited HVU also has a long-term relationship with the Veterans Administration Medical Center, which has resulted in the construction of three projects providing housing for veterans in VanKeuren Square, Maple Heights, and Eaglewood East.


HVU Visions For Change Graduates HVU has also taken the lead in the creation and funding for Visions for Change, which seeks to break the cycle of generational poverty. Visions for Change has trained 300 people, 70% of whom have secured jobs.


Syracuse Housing Authority Work for Independence Program The Syracuse Housing Authority has launched a similar training initiative with its residents through its “Work for Independence” program, funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.


Syracuse Housing Authority Strategic Plan The University Hill Corporation will support the Syracuse Housing Authority in the execution of its strategic plan.


Toomey Abbott Tower The plan includes a proposal to invest $8 million in a renovation of Toomey Abbot Tower in advance of the I-81 construction, to make it possible for the residents to remain in place during the construction period.


Syracuse Housing Authority While recent statistics indicate that Syracuse’s poverty rate is decreasing, our religious institutions continue their work to address the needs of our community.


Grace Episcopal Church Food Pantry Grace Church expanded its community outreach through its work with incarcerated minors and Grace’s food pantry - one of the first organized in Syracuse.


Grace Episcopal Church Grace Church was awarded a matching grant of $275,000 toward the cost of an exterior restoration project.


Temple Concord Temple Concord has the most utilized food pantry in the County, serving an average of 140 families each week.


University United Methodist Church Food Pantry University United Methodist Church continues to operate a food pantry through a partnership with Trader Joe’s.


University United Methodist Church Earth Day Volunteers Working with the church congregation, Pastor Alicia Wood coordinated an effort to clean up the neighborhood on Earth Day.


EGRA Holiday Party And on December 6, they once again hosted the annual East Genesee Regent Association holiday party, which provided a celebration for neighborhood families.


Phoebe’s 40 th Anniversary 2016 marked two important anniversaries in our business districts. It was the 40 th anniversary of Bill Eberhardt’s creation of Phoebe’s.


Varsity 90 th Anniversary 2016 was also the 90 th anniversary of the Varsity, launched by John & Jerry Dellas’s grandfather in 1926. These are great gathering places on University Hill.


Syracuse Stage/ SU Collaboration Syracuse University Syracuse Stage Syracuse Stage is now in the capable hands of Jill Anderson and Bob Hupp. Syracuse University and Syracuse Stage have enjoyed a long-term partnership on University Hill.


Syracuse Stage/ Woodbine Collaboration Woodbine Group Syracuse Stage The Woodbine Group has a thirty year working agreement with Syracuse Stage to house their actors.


Woodbine / Golisano Collaboration Woodbine Group Golisano Children’s Hospital Woodbine also has a relationship with Golisano Children’s Hospital, donating the proceeds of one suite to the hospital.


Sheraton / Crouse / SU Collaboration Syracuse University Crouse Health Sheraton The Sheraton has partnerships with Syracuse University and Crouse Health, and provides discounted stays for families with loved ones in the hospital. It is continuing a multimillion dollar renovation of its guest rooms.


Crowne Plaza The Crowne Plaza is also planning a major renovation, including its guest rooms, lobby and an update to Redfield’s Restaurant.


Ronald McDonald House For 34 years, the Ronald McDonald House has helped families with seriously ill children stay close to the expert medical care at Syracuse’s hospitals.


Ronald McDonald House In 2016, the Ronald McDonald House served more families than ever before with over 3,000 guest family members staying at the house.


Syracuse University Ronald McDonald House Ronald McDonald House Volunteers from the community include students from Syracuse University and SUNY Upstate Medical University who dedicate an average of 225 hours per week of service.


Collaboration The partnerships and collaborations that are formed on University Hill are key to:


Research & Development building a research and development base,


Student Environment presenting an environment which will attract students and retain young graduates,


Community Services providing needed community services,


Safety & Security ensuring our safety and security,


Building our future and building a sustainable future for our community and the region.

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