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Silver Spring Jazz Festival

August 21, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
Photo courtesy of Flickr's Jimmy Baikovicius.Photo courtesy of Flickr's Jimmy Baikovicius.

If you are a jazz fan, mark your calendar for the highly anticipated Silver Spring Jazz Festival on Saturday, September 6th! The annual event will take place at Veterans Plaza in downtown Silver Spring from 3:30 PM – 10:30 PM.

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band will headline the event along with a variety of other jazz performances. Bring a chair or blanket and pick a prime spot to enjoy the festivities. Food will be available from local vendors and admission is free.

EYA’s newest Silver Spring community, Chelsea Heights, is just steps from Veterans Plaza and all the exciting downtown retail shops and restaurants. The townhomes feature timeless craftsman architecture and contemporary finish options including linear fireplaces, exposed brick walls and decorative stair rails, all in a quiet park-like setting.

Your Guide to Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week 2014

August 6, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
Shop Tax-Free at stores in Bethesda and Silver Spring. Photos courtesy of Flickr's ehpien and takomabibelot.Shop Tax-Free at stores in Bethesda and Silver Spring. Photos courtesy of Flickr's ehpien and takomabibelot.

Sunday, August 10th kicks off Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week 2014! For the entire week (August 10th – August 16th) there will be tax exemptions on clothing and shoes under $100 per item (accessories do not apply). Click here for more information. Below is your guide to the shops in Silver Spring and Bethesda where you can save big.

Silver Spring:

  • DSW – DSW is the ultimate shoe store. Find the latest summer designer footwear trends at discounted prices.
  • H&M – H&M offers stylish clothing for women, men, teenagers, and children at an unbeatable value.
  • LOFT – LOFT is where women can purchase clothes to look great and feel great. The simple, neutral designs are crucial for every women’s closet.
  • City Sports – City Sports has all of the sports apparel an athlete needs to perform at his/her best level.
  • Men’s Warehouse – Men’s Warehouse is the place to go to get the most value for your buck on men’s clothing. Find suits, dress shirts, pants, sports jackets, etc. at the price you’re looking for.

Bethesda:

  • Lululemon Athetica – Lululemon sells great athletic wear with a stylish twist. Men and women can find what they need to gear up and get fit.
  • Bonobos – Bonobos focuses on finding each of their customers the perfect fit. The men’s clothing store has the simple essentials made at a great quality.
  • Francesca’s Collections – Francesca’s is known for their adorable dress and blouse collection. Buy a perfect outfit to kick off the fall season.
  • Mustard Seed – Mustard Seed has the best looks, new and used. Discover the vintage items you need to keep your style current.
  • Wear It Well – Wear It Well is the perfect store for women desiring both hip, funky styles, as well as the modern un-complicated must-haves.

EYA’s newest neighborhoods in Bethesda and Silver Spring are within walking distance of these fabulous stores and many other great retail shops. Happy shopping!

Employee Spotlight: Milli Arakawa, Senior Director of Finance

August 5, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
Milli with her husband and two daughters.Milli with her husband and two daughters.

Name: Milli Arakawa

Current Position: Senior Director of Finance

At EYA for: 5+ years

This month’s employee spotlight is Milli Arakawa. Milli manages the accounting team and oversees the financing of EYA and our individual projects. Along with her work at EYA, Milli is passionate about community service and enjoys making a positive difference in people’s lives.

What do you enjoy most about your current position at EYA?

I LOVE LOVE LOVE working with the accounting team. They are very passionate about what they do and they are always striving for excellence. They do a great job of keeping accurate records and ensuring that we have secure controls over our accounting processes. Everyone has their own strengths and talents making for a fun and dynamic team to work with.

What makes EYA unique or special compared to your work experiences elsewhere?

EYA is really committed to ensuring that everyone is growing both professionally and personally. We are all very fortunate to work at a company where management is committed to the personal development of each employee and where we are pushed to be excellent people in both our workplace and in our communities.

What are your hobbies?

I love to travel and spend time with my husband and two daughters. I also enjoy recording journal entries and reading the latest accounting literature published by the FASB, IASB and Big 4 accounting firms.

What was the best vacation you ever took?

After graduating from college, I traveled to Russia and volunteered at an orphanage. It was there that I truly experienced creating connections with people across language and cultural barriers. The kids I met were the most amazing people I have ever met. They reminded me of what was important in life and they inspired me to do things bigger than myself.

How do you connect your love for philanthropy with your job at EYA?

I am extremely grateful that the leaders of our organization are committed to community outreach and philanthropy as an important cornerstone to the culture of EYA.  The establishment of the EYA Foundation is just one tangible example, but in our neighborhoods, like Capitol Quarter and Old Town Commons, you can see how EYA has helped improve our local communities and made a difference in the lives of people living there. It is an honor to be part of a team that is purposeful about making lives better for other people.

 

EYA Earns Approval for Rock Spring Site in Bethesda

July 30, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

Earlier this month, the Montgomery County Planning Board approved our plan to build a 168 townhome community in Rock Spring Park in Bethesda. The community will be located across the street from Marriot’s headquarters and is walking distance to Montgomery Mall, Wildwood Shopping Center and Georgetown Square, with easy access to I-270 and I-495 as well.

The new homes will have an upscale modern feel and feature open floorplans, large windows, and rooftop terraces. The neighborhood will offer plenty of green space for residents to enjoy, including a large central courtyard and park area. As with almost every home that EYA builds, the townhomes will be built to LEED for Home standards.

Sales center opening Spring 2015! Prices are projected to start from the $700s.

The Rock Spring site will be our 10th community in Montgomery County. We currently have two projects under construction and now selling in the county, Little Falls Place and Chelsea Heights. Rock Spring is one of four EYA neighborhoods located in Montgomery County planned to open in 2015.

Take a Scenic Trek along the Capital Crescent Trail

July 29, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
The Capital Crescent Trail connects our new townhomes at Little Falls Place to the Washington Harbor in Georgetown. Photo courtesy of Flickr's S Pakhrin.The Capital Crescent Trail connects our new townhomes at Little Falls Place to the Washington Harbor in Georgetown. Photo courtesy of Flickr's S Pakhrin.

Have you ever wondered what you pass while enjoying a nice walk, run or bike ride from our townhomes at Little Falls Place to Georgetown? Thanks to the Coalition for the Capital Crescent Trail, here are a few of the highlights along the way:

About mile 5.0 – stairs leading directly from Little Falls Place to the Capital Crescent Trail.

Mile 5.0 – Loughborough Mill, named after John Adam’s Secretary of Treasury, Nathan Loughborough, marks where he built a mill in 1830. The mill was later reportedly destroyed during the Civil War.

Mile 5.5 – The last remaining evidence of Fort Sumner, Battery Bailey’s gun emplacements are visible atop the east hill in Westmoreland Hills Park.

Mile 6.7 – An original stone district line boundary marker behind a small fence. These stones were used until the land southwest of the river was given back to Virginia from DC.

Mile 8.2 – Abner Cloud House, built in 1801 by Abner Cloud, is the oldest standing structure along the C&O Canal.

Mile 10.5 – Francis Scott Key Bridge, named after the man who wrote our nation’s Star Spangled Banner, connects Rossyln and Georgetown and pedestrian trails on both sides of the river.

Miles 10.5-11 – Your destination! Georgetown Waterfront Park and the Washington Harbour, preserved by the National Park Service, is home to many acclaimed restaurants and adjacent to all the exciting Georgetown shops.

To learn more about the mile markers on the Capital Crescent Trail visit Points of Interest on the Trail and the map.

Already 65% sold out, EYA’s townhomes at Little Falls Place offer residents unparalleled luxury in a quiet park-like setting with direct access to the Capital Crescent Trail. The townhomes feature private elevators and rooftop terraces unlike anything else in the area, with stunning outdoor kitchens and fireplaces.

New Restaurants in Your EYA Neighborhood

July 23, 2014 | by | 2 Comments
Carluccio's coming soon to Old Town Alexandria. Photo courtesy of Flickr's Jeremy Keith.Carluccio's coming soon to Old Town Alexandria. Photo courtesy of Flickr's Jeremy Keith.

EYA homes are not the only new additions to Old Town Alexandria, Bethesda, Mosaic District, Arts District Hyattsville, and Silver Spring. Take an exciting look at what is coming to your neighborhood!

Old Town Alexandria

Carluccio’s – The UK-based restaurant and market plans to open its first location in the United States at 100 King Street in Old Town. As mentioned in an Old Town Alexandria Patch article, the man behind the vision, Italian Chef Antonio Carluccio, describes Carluccio’s as “an Italian café, restaurant and food shop, renowned for bringing authentic and traditional Italian cooking and ingredients to families in a relaxing and friendly environment.” Our newest Old Town neighborhoods at The Oronoco and Old Town Commons are perfectly situated minutes from Carluccio’s future location and all the other acclaimed King Street shops and restaurants.

Bethesda

MoMo Chicken and Jazz – Bethesda recently welcomed this Korean restaurant and bar to the neighborhood at 4862 Cordell Avenue. Under the same ownership as the popular New York City restaurant, Turntable, MoMo Chicken and Jazz offers delicious food, great music, and a wonderful overall environment and experience. Be sure to try the Korean fried chicken and exotic cocktails while enjoying the unique restaurant décor. MoMo Chicken and Jazz is a great neighborhood addition and just moments from our brand new townhomes at Little Falls Place.

Mosaic District

True Food Kitchen – The restaurant focused on an anti-inflammatory diet under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Weil will be coming soon to Mosaic District at 2905 District Avenue. True Food Kitchen is located in five other states around the country, but Mosaic will be the first in the Mid-Atlantic region. Diners will enjoy a wide range of healthy, yet still delicious, dishes proven to make you feel better. True Food Kitchen is proud of its vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options, ensuring there is something for everyone on the menu. Our homes at Mosaic District are within walking distance of this soon to be healthy oasis.

Arts District Hyattsville

The Vigilante Coffee Co. Roastery and Cafe – The previously nomadic coffee company opened shop earlier this month in Hyattsville at 4327 Gallatin Street. The Vigilante Coffee Co. Roastery and Cafe, featured in The Washington Post’s Going Out Guide, also sells pastries and snacks to accompany their original coffee blends. While waiting in line at the coffee bar, costumers are entertained by the stages of coffee production happening right before their eyes. Founder, Chris Vigilante, plans to get involved in the Hyattsville community by holding “Coffee College” for those interested in starting their own coffee business and will lead weekly small single-origin coffee cuppings for anyone to participate in. The new Vigilante Coffee location is conveniently located steps from our homes at Arts District Hyattsville.

Silver Spring

Denizens Brewing Co. – Earlier this summer, Silver Spring welcomed Denizens Brewing Co. to 1115 East-West Highway. Costumers love the sense of community at the brewery because it was founded by and is run by locals. Denizens offers expansive outdoor seating in their beautiful biergarten. It’s a great place to enjoy a nice Summer day! For the time being, all beers are on tap. Denizens is only minutes away from our townhomes at Chelsea Heights.

Cool Roofs, Cool Effects

July 15, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
EYA's new townhomes at Old Town Commons have environmentally friendly, white painted, cool roofs. Photo courtesy of Google Maps.EYA's new townhomes at Old Town Commons have environmentally friendly, white painted, cool roofs. Photo courtesy of Google Maps.

According to a recent article posted on Grist, “cool roofs save money by keeping indoor temperatures more comfortable in warm weather and reducing the need for air conditioning.” In this case, a “cool roof” is flat rooftop that has a brightly colored roofing membrane, most commonly, white, in order to reflect heat from the sun. Roofs that are darker colors, like dark gray or black, absorb more of the sun’s heat, making the building warmer inside. Not only do cool roofs save money, but also help the environment. The article explains that “reducing energy absorption at Earth’s surface decreases the amount of heat these [greenhouse] gases can trap in the atmosphere.” On a larger scale, Art Rosenfeld, the man behind the cool roof vision, compares a successful worldwide cool roof campaign to “’taking half of the world’s cars off the road for 20 years.’”

EYA has long known the benefits of cool roofs and we have been installing white roofing membranes on our flat roofs since 2009. We are very proud of our commitment to environmental sustainability and creating energy efficient homes. Nearly every home we build is LEED certified and no other homebuilder in the Washington area has earned as many LEED certifications. EYA homeowners save on utility bills, have shorter commutes and walk more. Learn more about how EYA homes are measurably different and visit one of our actively selling communities today!

Celebrate the City of Alexandria’s Birthday!

July 8, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
The birthday celebration will be held in the beautiful Oronoco Bay Park.The birthday celebration will be held in the beautiful Oronoco Bay Park.

This month, the City of Alexandria will celebrate its 265th birthday! Join in the festivities on Saturday, July 12th along the Potomac waterfront at Oronoco Bay Park. Bring a blanket and picnic and pick a prime spot on the lawn to enjoy live music, fireworks and more. The event kicks off at 7:00 pm with a live band, followed by birthday cake and the grand finale fireworks display at 9:30 pm! Admission is free.

Oronoco Bay Park is located next to EYA’s newest Old Town neighborhood, The Oronoco, and just minutes from Old Town Commons. EYA has been building homes in Alexandria for the past 22 years. We are proud to be a part of the city’s past and look forward to being a part of its future. 

4th of July Celebration Guide

July 1, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
The annual 4th of July fireworks in Washington, DC light up the sky. Photo courtesy of Flickr's Matthew Straubmuller.The annual 4th of July fireworks in Washington, DC light up the sky. Photo courtesy of Flickr's Matthew Straubmuller.

Every year, thousands of people visit DC to celebrate Independence Day in the Nation’s capital. The city hosts many fun events for the whole family to enjoy, including parades, concerts and spectacular fireworks over the National Mall. Here are a few ideas to kick off your celebrations.

Begin your day reliving history as a founding father and get the chance to sign a replica of the Declaration of Independence at 7th Street and Constitution Ave. After leaving your mark, continue to the National Archives at 10:00 am for the Declaration of Independence Reading Ceremony. Hear songs, historic speeches, and a dramatic reenacted reading of the Declaration of Independence! Then head over to the National Archive Museum’s Boeing Learning Center for a fun-filled day of events including arts and crafts, stories, a chocolate tasting, and more.

Another fantastic July 4th tradition is watching the Independence Day Parade. The annual parade begins at 11:45 am at 7th Street and travels up Constitution Ave to 17th Street. See marching bands, floats, and political figures as they celebrate this historic day in our country’s history. The events continue at 8:00 pm with A Capitol Fourth Concert! The live music, hosted by Tom Bergeron and televised by PBS, will be held on the US Capitol West Lawn. Enjoy star-studded performances by Phillip Phillips, Jordin Sparks, Frankie Valli, The Muppets, Patti Labelle, and the National Symphony Orchestra. Be sure not to miss the famous July 4th fireworks beginning at 9:10 pm!

EYA’s neighborhoods are just a quick Metro ride to these downtown events and many other local celebrations. Visit our website for more information on our actively selling communities. We hope you have a very happy 4th of July!

EYA Awards Five More Scholarships to Ward 5 Students

June 30, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
Congratulations to the 2014 scholarship recipients! Photo courtesy of Flickr's offersafrica.Congratulations to the 2014 scholarship recipients! Photo courtesy of Flickr's offersafrica.

EYA, in partnership with The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Chancellor’s Row College Scholarship Fund.

The fund, established as part of the St. Paul’s College redevelopment now known as Chancellor’s Row, provides scholarship monies to Ward 5 High School Seniors. Five recipients were selected for award:

Terry Talford – Dunbar Senior High School

Courtney Thomas, Jr. – Benjamin Banneker Academic High School

Elisha S. Williams – Benjamin Banneker Academic High School

Cole Randolph – Woodrow Wilson High School

Harper Randolph – Woodrow Wilson High School

Additionally, EYA and The Community Foundation are in the process of contacting past winners to renew their awards for 2014. EYA believes strongly in giving back to the communities where we build and this scholarship will make a direct and positive impact on young people and their families living in Ward 5. We would like to congratulate the recipients and wish them good luck as they head off to college this fall.