SUNY Upstate Expands into Downtown Syracuse
In Summer 2010, SUNY Upstate Medical University acquired two vacant downtown high-rises as part of the university’s plans to develop a west campus and offer additional housing opportunities for its students, medical residents and hospital staff.
Upstate vowed to invest upwards of $20 million to renovate every inch of the buildings’ interiors. The buildings’ exteriors also will be changed to provide a more modern look and greater energy efficiency. The cost includes significant asbestos abatement work. Both towers should be ready for occupancy by Fall 2012.
“The acquisition of these properties is a key element in the creation of a west campus for Upstate Medical University,” said Upstate President David R. Smith, M.D. “To fulfill our agenda of growth and provide greater opportunities for educating students in the health professions, conducting groundbreaking research and offering healthcare for a growing aging patient population, we need the ability to stretch. These facilities, located in such close proximity to the center of our campus, provide us that opportunity.”