Business & Commerce

There are two primary business districts located in the Hill area, along with available office space and business incubation facilities to grow, expand, or relocate your business. These business centers are home to a variety of specialty retail stores, restaurants, and services that meet the needs of employees, residents, and visitors in the University Hill area.

Business Districts

Crouse Marshall Business District

The Crouse Marshall Business District (CMBD) is comprised of more than 70 retail businesses, including unique restaurants and boutiques. A wide variety of goods – from bagels to shoes – can be found in this convenient shopping district. Services in this area include vision care, printing, beauty and barber shops, and medical offices.

A variety of foods are available at Crouse Marshall restaurants, ranging from vegetarian fare to Middle Eastern cuisine. Cofee cafes, pizza shops, and fast food restaurants are also housed in this district. Several popular nightspots create a festive atmosphere. Known as “M Street,” the area remains a favorite attraction for the late-night crowd, as well as for University alumnae during football and basketball weekends. The Crouse-Marshall businesses form an exciting, upbeat retail center aimed at meeting the needs of students and employees on the Hill campuses.

The Crouse Marshall Business Association (CMBA) represents the retailers and service providers along Crouse Avenue and Marshall Street in the University Hill area. The CMBA consists of 70 members who serve students, employees, and visitors on the Hill. As a member of the University Hill Corporation, this organization meets bimonthly and works to address the issues and concerns of the retail and business sector.

East Genesee Business District

The East Genesee Business District is located at the base of the University Hill and serves as an accessible resource for students, employees, and residents of the area.

Through the years, this district has evolved from a primarily residential neighborhood into a multifaceted community. The district harbors a diverse mix of stores, restaurants, services, major hotels, highly-acclaimed cultural facilities, modern health and medical complexes, and religious and community organizations committed to serving Hill-area residents. Many of the buildings erected at the turn of the century still remain in the neighborhood, providing a traditional dimension. Tree-lined streets, decorative flower beds, and Forman Park all add to the area’s charm.

Visitors to this district will find an array of choices and services through more than 50 retail stores, restaurants, and businesses. Complementing the district are the area’s cultural facilities, which include Syracuse Stage and the Community Folk Art Center. The mix of residential areas, churches, and social and community service organizations contribute to the neighborhood feel of the area.

The East Genesee Regent Association (EGRA), formed in 1972, is an organization of property owners, business people, residents, and citizens concerned with the future of the East Genesee business community. The Association works to promote the area, to encourage community development, to plan for the future, and to guarantee adequate parking, security and environmental maintenance. In recent years, the EGRA has organized a spectacular holiday party for area children. As a member of the University Hill Corporation, the East Genesee Regent Association is also involved in the overall planning and development of the entire Hill area.

Office Space & Business Growth Opportunities

Madison Irving Medical Center, located at the corner of Madison Street and Irving Avenue, was constructed in 1986 on the at a cost of $11 million. This 90,000 square-foot building was the first in Upstate New York to offer condominium office space to physicians, dentists, and other health-related professionals. In addition to 44 office units, the center has a variety of conveniences, including a diagnostic testing center, a pharmacy, a physical fitness/therapy center, and a glass-enclosed atrium with a garden cafe. It also houses the portion of Crouse Hospital’s One-Day Surgery Center that specializes in orthopedic and other outpatient care. A 550-car capacity parking garage is connected to the center.

The Physicians Office Building, located at 725 Irving Avenue, is a 90,000 square-foot office building for medical professionals. The building was constructed at a cost of $6.5 million and opened in 1975. Currently, the building has 50 offices with 75 physicians and approximately 750 employees. The building, which is located across the street from Crouse Hospital, has a cooperative arrangement with the hospital. It is home to part of Crouse Hospital’s One-Day Surgery Center, one of the first of its kind in the country. Outpatients often have procedures such as tonsils, hernias, and eye surgery performed at this location. An underground walkway connects the Physicians Office Building, Crouse Hospital, and the nearby parking garage.

The 410-418 South Crouse Avenue medical building was renovated to provide new office and outpatient treatment and counseling areas for Crouse Hospital. The building is primarily a center for chemical dependency programs. Crouse Hospital started one of the first substance abuse programs in the area. The facility offers 30,000 square feet of office space to psychiatrists, psychologists, alcoholism counselors, and a number of other health-related professionals at the expanded facility. The hospital’s chemical dependency programs have approximately 52,000 patient visits per year.

The Hill Medical Center, located at 1000 East Genesee Street, is a physician-owned and operated building. The initial stage of this complex was completed in 1984 and comprised approximately 38,000 square-feet with ground-level parking. The second phase was finished nearly ten years later and added 57,000 square-feet, with an attached parking garage that can accommodate approximately 435 cars. The combined structure of 95,000 square-feet, with its brick and alucobond facade coupled with an illuminated glass block stair tower, is a fascinating mixture of contemporary and traditional architecture. With nearly 45 physicians and 250 support staff working in the Hill Medical Center, this section of University Hill has quickly become a major component in dispensing health care services to all people from Upstate New York.

The Central New York Medical Center is a six-story state-of-the-art medical office facility that opened March 1997. The building contains approximately 111,000 square feet, and parking for 300 vehicles is available directly behind the building. Entry to the Center is off Irving Avenue directly across from the Crouse Hospital Emergency Department entrance.

Business Incubation

Eastside Business Center

The Eastside Business Center, formerly the Samuel W. Williams Jr. Business Center located at 1201 East Fayette Street, is a business incubator operated by Housing Visions Unlimited, Inc., serving as an economic development resource for University Hill. The business center is responsible for encouraging and fostering the establishment of new businesses in Syracuse by providing a place where small businesses can get started and flourish.

The center was created by the Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce in 1986, later expanded in 1990, then purchased by Housing Visions in 2008. The 35,800 square foot center offers office and light manufacturing/industrial space to new ventures, entrepreneurs, and expanding businesses. Office and production space are offered at reasonable prices, as well as free legal and management advice, furniture, and use of common areas such as conference rooms and secretarial services on a pay-as-you-go basis. Companies currently located in the the building produce goods and services for the Central New York community and beyond.