Growing up, I heard countless stories from my grandfather, Robert Hutter, about the eight years he spent at Syracuse University. He first went to Syracuse on a football scholarship when the team was led by the legendary Coach Schwartzwalder. After suffering a shoulder injury, my grandfather was unable to continue playing but, luckily for him, Coach Schwartzwalder had taken a liking to him and offered him a coaching position, which would allow him to keep his scholarship as he would not otherwise have been able to continue to attend college.
My first trip to Syracuse came in the summer of 2001, when I took a road trip with my grandparents to tour the campus as I was beginning the college selection process. Upon arriving in Syracuse, we went Varsity Pizza where I heard countless stories from my grandfather of his football playing days all the way through medical school. After taking a campus tour and seeing how nice Syracuse was in July, I was sold and knew this was the place I wanted to spend the next four years. Looking back, Syracuse University is brilliant to run campus tours in July rather than in January.
I arrived in Syracuse in the fall of 2002 and the next four years were amongst the greatest times I will ever have. During my junior year, my roommate and I recognized the serious lack of high quality housing on or near campus even though the demand was there. Despite having no prior real estate experience or family background in the business, we dreamed of one day coming back and building a project in Syracuse. Today, I am living out that dream as I am currently building #BLVD404, a 163-bed student housing project, just two blocks from the Whitman School, that will be ready for occupancy in the fall of 2016. While this dream for me may have started in 2005, I like to think that the wheels for this project were set in motion back in the 1950’s when my grandfather was shuttling between football practice and pre-med classes.
I know how appreciative my grandfather was of the opportunities that Syracuse University afforded him and I am excited to come back to Syracuse and invest in a community that has given so much to me and my family and to extend our family legacy at SU .
Orange Family Legacy:
Grandfather – Dr. Robert V.P. Hutter, Class of 1950, Medical School Class of 1954
Cousin – Jordan Neuberger, Class of 2013