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University Hill Corporation

UHC Annual Meeting Highlights Major Projects on University Hill

Dr. Mike Haynie, vice chancellor for Strategic Initiatives & Innovation and the founder and executive director of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University was the keynote speaker at the University Hill Corporation (UHC) annual meeting. Dr. Haynie gave a comprehensive historical perspective of the role that veterans have played in the growth of Syracuse University, including Chancellor Syverud’s commitment to make educational services for veterans one of his top priorities. Today, the IVMF’s educational programs directly impact 35,000 veterans and family members, annually. The IVMF is known as the nation’s hub of academic thought leadership related to the post-service concerns of America’s veterans and military-connected families. Dr. Haynie also revealed plans for the National Veterans Resource Center (NVRC) now under construction on Waverly and Crouse avenues. The $62.5 million NVRC, in addition to being the permanent home of the IVMF, will also house a 750-seat auditorium and be fully accessible, including ramps connecting all floors.

Dr. Mike Haynie, vice chancellor for Strategic Initiatives & Innovation at Syracuse University, discusses SU’s new National Veterans Resource Center during the University Hill Corporation annual meeting.

University Hill Corporation President David Mankiewicz spoke of transformative development projects on the Hill in the areas of educational, medical, research and development, residential development and hospitality. Projects completed in 2018 represent a $200 million in investments; those now underway are valued at $168 million. Projects to be launched in the next two years represent a $315 million investment. Mankiewicz noted that more than $3 billion of new capital projects have been built in the last 30 years. He cited the recently designated Opportunity Zone, and successes at the Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems (CoE) and the Central New York Biotechnology Accelerator (CNYBAC) as key assets that may open doors for more R&D intensive businesses to locate in University Hill. The recent branding of the area by National Grid around the CoE and the CNYBAC as the “Innovation Crossroads” will promote the area as well. 

Corporate sponsors included: Crouse Health; M&T Bank; Partnership Properties; SUNY Upstate Medical University; Sutton Real Estate Company; Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists; and Woodbine Hospitality Group. Hill Partners: Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and Haylor, Freyer & Coon, Inc.

Approximately 320 business leaders, including representatives of University Hill and elected officials, attended the meeting at Drumlins.