About University Place Associates:
University Place Associates [UPA] is a leading sustainable and socially conscious commercial real estate development firm. Based and focused in the University City area of Philadelphia, UPA is dedicated to creating ‘best in class’ and state-of-the-art healthy commercial developments at the highest standard of sustainability.
UPA has always been a community-based developer that engages with the surrounding residential and commercial communities, startup businesses, schools, and universities.
For more information, please visit www.upaphila.com and follow @UPAphila on Twitter and UniversityPlaceAssociates on Facebook.
About 3.0 University Place:
3.0 University Place is a 250,000+ sq ft Life Sciences enabled commercial lab/office trophy building. It is a flagship for social and environmental responsibility, purpose-built for those that demand both from their workplace. Currently, 3.0 is on track to break ground early first quarter 2021. This location will serve as an expansion of an innovation corridor that is designated as a Keystone Opportunity Zone (KOZ) and a Qualified Opportunity Zone (QOZ). Future tenants in the corridor will benefit from these tax incentives, as well as its close proximity to the 40th & Market transit hub, the University of Pennsylvania, and Drexel University.
Founder & CEO
Scott’s real estate and development career began in full force in 1983 when he began investing in multi-family assets in West Philadelphia. With his partner Jim Levin, they founded Neighborhood Restorations, an affordable housing development company, and set out on a mission of restoring abandoned and blighted single-family homes throughout West Philadelphia. They gutted, rehabbed and developed over 1000 single and two-family homes in West Philadelphia. houses including nearly 1200+ units for low-income families with a total investment of nearly $200 million while employing more than 50% local minority contractors over their entire history.
In 2009, Scott established University Place Associates with a firm commitment to social responsibility and environmental sustainability. His hope in contributing to and developing a world-class ‘Platinum Corridor®’ on Market Street, centered at the 40th Street transit hub, is that this effort will become a world-class transit-oriented development.
Scott’s vast history in University City and West Philly has allowed for some great community, political, and vocal public/private conversations to give better shape to UPA’s development vision. In 2014, Scott was able to open up 2.0 University Place with a prominent long term tenant, Homeland Security- Citizenship and Immigration Services. The building quickly leased up and Scott was able to finalize a strategic deal with Swiss insurer, Zurich Insurance Group to acquire 2.0 University Place for the highest purchase price per square foot in Philadelphia commercial real estate history at that time.
Partner / President
Anthony is well known for his entrepreneurial ecosystem engagement throughout the city of Philadelphia. He is Co-founder and former CEO of Benjamin’s Desk (now 1776), serving as a champion and growth strategist for entrepreneurs. During his tenure at Benjamin’s Desk / 1776, Anthony launched 10 strategic campuses throughout the region, which quickly became the largest network of incubators in the northeast corridor with a mission to strengthen the cities and economies by building a thriving community of entrepreneurs. Anthony also was successful in securing a long term partnership deal for his company to operate and manage UPENN’s premier incubator, The Pennovation Center. The focus at the 58,000sf Pennovation Center is Life Sciences and BioTech but also creates an environment for small tech startups and entrepreneurs to grow within the center.
Anthony Maher joins Scott Mazo as Partner and President of UPA in January 2019. He is a strong advocate for public/private partnerships and will strategically curate every UPA building with the Philadelphia innovation ecosystem in mind. Anthony’s experience curating coworking space as Chief Growth Officer of 1776 is expansive. He looks forward to applying the same knowledge, experience, and zeal throughout the square footage of The Platinum Corridor®.
Anthony was also Partner of Philadelphia’s ‘First Base’ Commercial Office Brokerage for several years, a brokerage that was created to help high growth tech startups secure their first traditional office space outside of incubators and coworking space. Anthony was a First-Team College All-American and 10-year professional soccer player and brings the same focus and discipline that build effective teams to help create long term partnerships and impact.
Marelisa Gibson, LEED AP BD+C
Project Manager & Head of Sustainability
Marelisa was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. She began her studies in architecture at the Central University of Venezuela, which allowed her to uncover a passion for improving the built environment and, efficiently utilizing resources. Two years in, Marelisa decided to pause her career when she won the Miss Venezuela beauty pageant in 2009. It was an amazing opportunity for self-improvement; it taught her discipline, dedication, diplomacy, and how to work in a high-pressure and high-stress environment around the clock.
She moved to Philadelphia in 2011 and decided to pursue a B.S. in Interior Design at The Art Institute of Philadelphia where she graduated with high honors as class Valedictorian. After working in a small architecture firm for almost a year, her passion for improving the built environment kept growing and she decided to go back to school in order to learn and eventually apply sustainable practices.
In 2016, Marelisa graduated from the award-winning Master of Science in Sustainable Design at Jefferson University (former Philadelphia University) where she realized that some of the most impactful decisions for a project are made by the real estate developer, therefore, UPA was the perfect fit.