University Hill Corporation

The University Hill Corporation, formed in 1963 as an independent 501(c)(3) planning and development organization, is comprised of the executive leadership of the Hill’s not-for-profit organizations, medical facilities, and academic institutions.  Since its inception, it has been charged with making thoughtful, long-range plans that will maintain the Hill community as a place where people want to live, work, and study.

The Corporation works with its members to implement an active agenda, planning for growth, development, and social well-being of University Hill.  The organization seeks to adopt specific projects that maintain the excellence of the community’s educational and medical facilities, support the Hill’s business districts, strengthen its residential neighborhoods, and enhance the quality of life in the area.

University Hill institutions play an important role in creating a thriving, globally-connected and innovative community. Members of the University Hill Corporation are actively engaged in efforts that impact the entire Central New York community and economy. Between 2014 and 2015 alone, institutions on the Hill generated more than $650 million in total development. As a result of these projects, the University Hill is joining Downtown and the Syracuse Waterfront as one of the most rapidly growing neighborhoods in the region. Additionally, more than 25,000 people, or 8 percent of all employees in the Syracuse metropolitan area, go to work on the Hill.

Board of Directors


University Hill Public Safety Association

The University Hill Public Safety Association (UHPSA) is an organization consisting of the representatives from the law enforcement, security, and public safety agencies protecting and serving the University Hill area and its institutions.

The mission of the UHPSA is to maintain and improve public safety in the University Hill area through collaboration, cooperation, and communication.  Member agencies further the mission by:

  • Exchanging and sharing information on issues in the University Hill area impacting, quality of service to community served, crime and incident trends, including specific ongoing cases and investigations, traffic, transportation, and traffic control issues, law enforcement and security training  opportunities and needs, operations, and emergency preparedness.
  • Engaging in collaborative crime prevention efforts.
  • Sharing resources and coordinating efforts to address crime.
  • Offering field staff immediate interoperable communications capabilities.
  • Evaluating public safety, emergency response, and security needs, and planning to meet those needs.

Additional assistance and resources are provided by the University Hill Corporation.

Member Organizations:

  • Syracuse Police Department
  • SUNY College of Environmental
    Science and Forestry
  • Syracuse University
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Syracuse VA Medical Center
  • Crouse Hospital
  • Hutchings Psychiatric Center
  • Syracuse Housing Authority
  • Sheraton Syracuse University
    Hotel & Conference Center
  • Centro
  • University Hill Corporation
  • Crouse Marshall Business
    Improvement District
  • LeMoyne College
  • Auburn Correctional Facility

Business Districts

Crouse Marshall Business Improvement District

The Crouse Marshall Business Improvement District (CMBID) 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,  beauty and barber shops, hotels and medical offices.

A variety of foods are available at Crouse Marshall restaurants, ranging from vegetarian fare to Middle Eastern cuisine. Coffee 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. 
Click Here for a PDF copy of the Crouse Marshall brochure.

A dedicated security patrol and maintenance staff assure that the district is clean, safe and attractive.  An active CMBID board of directors meets regularly to address issues impacting the neighborhood. The Crouse Marshall BID is a member of the University Hill Corporation.

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. 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. Forman Park all add to the area’s charm.  Complementing the district is Forman Park as well as 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. 
Click Here for a PDF copy of the East Genesee Street brochure.