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Housing, Transportation, and Local Business

This video about the Syracuse University neighborhood was created by the University Neighborhood Preservation Association:

Helpful links:

Syracuse University Employee Guaranteed Mortgage Program

SU Office of Real Estate

SU Office of Off Campus and Commuter Services

Grants for University Home Ownership

Property Map

The land use map of the university east neighborhood defines tax parcels by ownership and occupancy status, number of occupied living units, and more.

Each property code indicates the type of parcel. For example, 210 signifies "Single Family," while 220 signifies "Two Family," etc.

Ownership classifications are determined based on City of Syracuse data comparing the actual street address of a property with the tax billing address, and assume that if both are the same, the property is owner-occupied. If they differ, it is assumed to be rental (or commercial) property.

City of Syracuse Map

Syracuse city and county GIS mapping services. The maps and data presented are developed from public records and various data sources including real property tax assessment records. While efforts have been made to use the most current and accurate data, Onondaga County, the City of Syracuse, and their mapping and software consultants assume no legal responsibility for the information contained in the Internet-based Geographic Information System (GIS).

If after reviewing your own property, you feel is it not accurately coded, you should visit the City's website. Under the "Services" drop-down menu on the main web page, there is a "GIS Mapping" option. This is the most real-time information the City has available. You may also view tax information for properties as well as assessment information. If you have other questions or comments, please call 443-3919 or e-mail gcr@syr.edu.

Onondaga County Map Gallery

Getting Around

Connective Corridor

The Connective Corridor demonstrates that campus and community are interdependent and can thrive together.  It features art, technology, and sustainable designs developed by students and faculty working in partnership with community artists and residents, highlighting the innovative spirit always to be found in central upstate New York.

The Bike Path

A new bike lane and a street conversion back to a two-way traffic pattern are making the Connective Corridor practical and accommodating to the community, as well as adding an attractive new streetscape to the University neighborhood.

University Avenue reopened as a two-way street in July 2012, and a bike path—from East Genesee Street to Waverly Avenue—opened in early August. The avenue, which hosts the Connective Corridor bus, also includes new streetscape features and green infrastructure, including new paving, granite curbing, landscaping, brick pavers, lighting, parking, bike racks, benches and bus pull-outs.

The new bike lane raises awareness that bikes are a serious means of transportation, especially when 40 percent of average trips are less than a mile from a person’s home.

Centro

Central New York is served by Centro bus lines. Many Centro buses travel through the Syracuse University on a regular basis and travel to destinations such as the the Regional Transportation Center, Carousel Center shopping mall, Shoppingtown mall, and other locations frequented by SU students--including downtown Syracuse (a transfer point). Centro also runs campus bus routes and shuttle services for athletic and special events at the Carrier Dome.

The Business Community

University Hill is the term that is used to describe our neighborhood, which is located east and southeast of downtown, on one of the larger hills in Syracuse. It is the major educational and medical district of Syracuse, as well as an important business district, with three of the top ten employers in the Syracuse region located here. The largest of these is Syracuse University. "The Hill" is also to home a Veterans Administration Medical Center, the state-run Upstate Medical University and State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, as well as the private Crouse Hospital, and the Richard H. Hutchings Psychiatric Center. These institutions account for more than 16,000 full-time jobs and engage more than 20,000 students. The University Hill Corporation (UHC) website has details on the unique 'Hill' business and education community, and most recently announced Syracuse University's designation as a Top 20 College Destination by the American Institute for Economic Research.

Browse local businesses that serve the larger University area on the new website, Beyond the Hill.

Marshall Street

At the heart of the University Hill area is the Crouse-Marshall business district, also known as Marshall Street or M Street, a bustling commercial district that features a diverse mix of local eateries, specialty shops, and services. The 'Street' serves area residents; local professionals; students from Syracuse University, SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry, and SUNY Upstate Medical University, as well as the many visitors to the area each day. The main thoroughfares of South Crouse Avenue and Marshall Street are where the campus meets the community. Nearby and just north on Crouse Avenue is the intersection at East Genesee Street, which features retail and cultural spaces, the Syracuse Stage complex, and Phoebe’s Restaurant. Visit the East Genesee Regent Association for more information.

Nottingham Plaza

Located east of campus on Nottingham Road, this plaza of a dozen shops completed a major facelift in 2013 and features a new Kinney Drugs, Ace Hardware, Supercuts, Key Bank, Bruegger’s Bagels, and local café favorite, A la Mode Eatery.   South of the plaza is the SU-themed Tops Supermarket, flanked by smaller retail establishments, including a liquor store, UPS shop, and local favorite, Johnny’s Pizza.

Westcott Street

Westcott Street, east of campus is a small retail and cultural neighborhood infused with diverse sights, sounds, tastes, and traditions.  This artistic, energetic, and civic-minded neighborhood annually hosts the popular Westcott Street Cultural Festival.

Visit the Westcott website - it's the best place for information on University Neighborhood resources, businesses, news and events.

SUNY ESF as a Neighbor

The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) adjoins the Syracuse University campus and is closely associated with the University. The College is a doctoral-granting institution of the State University of New York. ESF enrolls approximately 2,400 students, including 600 at the graduate level.

The College has extensive modern laboratories, classrooms, and equipment and instrumentation. Off-campus facilities include 25,000 acres of forest land at seven locations, used for instruction, demonstration, and research. 

ESF students have the same privileges as SU students with regard to health services and the use of dining halls, library facilities, testing services, and athletic and recreational facilities. They also share the wide range of social and cultural resources available at the University. Students at ESF and Syracuse University take courses on both campuses to enrich and complement their major programs.