Student housing to open downtown in summer 2014

A currently vacant building near the Warehouse will be converted into student apartments set to open July 2014.

Students will soon have the option to live it up in downtown Syracuse, with all the benefits of university life a short bus ride away.

Syracuse Creekwalk Commons, a single-purpose, not-for-profit organization, will turn the now-vacant E.M. O'Donnell Building, 324 W. Water St., into apartments for up to 146 students. The building, which is adjascent to Clinton and Armory squares, is located on the Connective Corridor and a mere 500 feet from the Warehouse.

The apartments will be fully furnished with laundry facilities, a fitness center, lounges on every floor, study rooms, a theater, exhibit spaces for student work, indoor bike storage and some indoor parking. The building is connected by an enclosed bridge to the Washing Street Parking Garage.

The one- to two-bedroom apartments will be available for 10, 12 or 2 month leases, depending on the tenant's academic schedule. They will be open to students from SU as well as other area colleges and universities, like SUNY Oswego and St. Joseph's College of Nursing.

"Our goal is to have this experience be something that will help attract students to stay after graduation and add to the growth and vitality of downtown Syracuse," said James Breuer, managing partner of EMO Property, LLC, in a press release.

According to the Creekwalk Commons Facebook page, a one-bedroom apartment will cost $1,200 per month, and a two-bedroom apartment will cost $1,050 per month, per person.

Photo from the Connective Corridor website.


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