Since 1990, UNPA has been committed to promoting owner-occupancy of homes in the University Neighborhood and making it a great place to live. UNPA primarily administers programs that help homeowners purchase and improve homes in the UNPA Target Area. UNPA also organizes and sponsors events that strengthen community ties.
The University Neighborhood Preservation Association, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt
Our mission is to:
• Promote owner-occupancy of homes in the area east of Syracuse University campus
• Provide homebuyers assistance, low-interest home improvements loans, and other incentives
• Market the University Neighborhood as a good place to live, and
• Partner with municipal agencies, the University, and other neighborhood organizations to do so.
UNPA Welcomes New Board Member
UNPA is pleased to announce that Marshall Swatt has joined our governing board. Marshall is a Syracuse native who grew up in Liverpool, and graduated from CBA. He worked in his father's architecture office during high school and grew up with parents who appreciated art, architecture, preservation, civics, and design. His father was an architect and town councilman and his mother a nurse.
He has lived in D.C., NYC, Miami and Mexico City and feels very fortunate to have visited several countries and experienced diverse cultures. These life experiences reinforced his appreciation for his home country, its values and its precious institutions. He studied architecture, classical guitar and Russian language at SU before transferring to Georgetown and graduating with a business degree. While in college he interned at a software startup and gained some proficiency in engineering. He worked on a game for Microsoft and was part of the team that launched National Geographic's online platform. After college he divided his career between software engineering and real estate investing, focusing on renovation of older neglected residential properties in Philadelphia, Brooklyn and Syracuse. In tech, he has consulted for large Fortune 500 companies and law firms, and has been involved in several startups, primarily in the blockchain industry. He raised funding for two companies, led the acquisition and sale of a NY-based company, and held various roles from engineer to executive. He continues to work both in the tech industry and with his brother to restore and update old homes.
Marshall is an advocate for traditional town planning and new urbanism, form-based codes, neighborhood design standards, green building, and the importance of design as a necessary ingredient to ensure that older neighborhoods and cities are competitive and attractive and places to live.