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Syracuse University to convert the Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center into a residence hall

By Eric Reinhardt (ereinhardt@cnybj.com)

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Syracuse University announced it will convert the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center into a residence hall following graduation in May. The university will offer jobs to the facility’s current employees, it said. (Photo credit: zoeyadvertising.com)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse University on Wednesday announced it plans to convert the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center into a nearly 400-bed, on-campus residence hall.

The announcement follows approval from the university’s board of trustees. The venue is located at 801 University Ave., between Marshall Street and Waverly Avenue.

The move seeks to satisfy student demand for more alternatives for university housing on campus and advance “the vision and strategic priorities of the Campus Framework,” Syracuse University said in a news release.

This decision follows the completion of a comprehensive, three-year housing review that found undergraduate students “wanted more options” for living in university housing on North Campus that provide “seamless access” to various campus facilities and amenities, the university explained.

The Sheraton will close following the 2024 commencement, at which point conversion of the property will begin. The new residence hall is anticipated to open in the fall of 2024.

The Sheraton currently employs about 85 full-time people who hold a variety of hospitality-related positions. All Sheraton employees will be offered positions at the university, many of which will be union roles, and will transition to those new opportunities once the Sheraton has closed following commencement.

“As part of our Campus Framework, a 20-year roadmap designed to align our physical presence with our vision and mission, Syracuse University is continuously assessing our footprint and considering ways to enhance and strengthen the living, learning and working environment for all members of our community,” Brett Padgett, senior VP and CFO, said in the release. “This includes renovating and repurposing existing space, procuring new space and working with community partners to identify opportunities for collaboration. The Sheraton presented an ideal opportunity to reimagine how our current space is leveraged and repurpose it to put it toward its best and highest use.”

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