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EYA Holds Completion Ceremony at Old Town Commons

October 30, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
Pictured left to right: EYA President & CEO Bob Youngentob, EYA Chairman Terry Eakin, ARHA Board Member A. Melvin Miller, Alexandria Mayor William Euille,   ARHA Board Chairman Merrick Malone, ARHA Board Member Karl Sandberg, EYA SVP Brian Allan Jackson, ARHA Board Member Carter Flemming, ARHA CEO Roy PriestPictured left to right: EYA President & CEO Bob Youngentob, EYA Chairman Terry Eakin, ARHA Board Member A. Melvin Miller, Alexandria Mayor William Euille, ARHA Board Chairman Merrick Malone, ARHA Board Member Karl Sandberg, EYA SVP Brian Allan Jackson, ARHA Board Member Carter Flemming, ARHA CEO Roy Priest

On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, EYA gathered with Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille and Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority (ARHA) for a Completion Ceremony at Old Town Commons.

About 100 partners, consultants and business leaders attended the ceremony, which celebrates the six-year redevelopment effort. What was once five city blocks of outmoded public housing at the James Bland Housing Site is now a vibrant mixed-income neighborhood in the heart of Old Town Alexandria.

Officials from the City of Alexandria, ARHA, EYA and community and business leaders at the Old Town Commons Completion Ceremony

Officials from the City of Alexandria, ARHA, EYA and community and business leaders at the Old Town Commons Completion Ceremony

The redevelopment is a model for the preservation of public housing and public-private partnerships. EYA, ARHA and the City of Alexandria worked closely together to work through a host of complicated development decisions and designs. Today, Old Town Commons is smart, green, livable and worthy of emulation, thanks to the dedication of countless consultants, employees and partners.    

The community has won numerous local, regional and national awards, including:

  • ULI Award of Excellence, 2014 Finalist, Jack Kemp Workforce Housing Models of Excellence
  • National Association of Housing and Redevelopment, 2014 Best Use of a Public-Private Partnership
  • Best in American Living Awards (BALA), 2013 Gold Award, Neighborhood of the Year
  • Delta Associates Awards for Excellence, 2013 Best Mid-Atlantic Neighborhood Impact Condominium Community
  • Virginia Housing Awards, 2013 Governor’s Award, Best Mixed Income Project
  • The Great American Living Awards (GALA), 2011 Best Interior Merchandising, 2011 Best Designed Architecture, 2010 Best Green Community, 2010 Most Innovative Infill Neighborhood

The public rental apartments are now complete and the condominiums are sold and occupied. A limited number of new townhomes remain for sale. Learn more at http://www.eya.com/Old_Town_Commons.

EYA Holds Day of Service at Byte Back

October 27, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
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On Friday, October 24, 2014, EYA employees gathered for their annual Day of Service in Washington, DC. This year’s recipient of giving was Byte Back, a DC-based non-profit which provides computer training and employment readiness classes to low-income individuals.

The EYA Foundation contributed nearly $50,000 in building improvements to Byte Back’s corporate headquarters and training facility in the Brookland neighborhood of the District. Their building was constructed in 1927. Renovations included a new roof, new kitchen, window repairs, door replacements, painting, cleaning and other improvements. Several of EYA’s consultant partners participated in the event, including Grafik Marketing & Communications, ColorNet Printing, TNT Services Group, Southland Insulators, ABW Appliances, Augustine Plumbing, North Atlantic Framing, CCM Capital Components & Millwork, Signature Companies, Summit Roofing and Eastern Applicators, Inc.

Volunteers also held mock interviews and a mentoring session for Byte Back students. Candidates picked up interview tips, resume critique and a $50 gift card to assist in purchasing career attire.

Byte Back has been widely recognized as one of DC’s best non-profits. Their impact is immeasurable and ranges from helping older immigrants learn how to skype with family, teaching general computer literacy skills such as applying for a job online, and providing high demand computer certificate training such as A+ and IC3. Byte Back students can earn up to $75,000 per year with training and certification and obtain jobs with employers such as Booz Allen Hamilton and the IRS.

Byte Back’s mission of enabling the District’s workforce is aligned with the goals of the EYA Foundation. Established in 2012, the Foundation receives a percentage of profits from EYA and deploys those funds in low-income neighborhoods throughout the Washington Metropolitan area.

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.

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.

EYA: The Washington Post’s #5 Top Places to Work 2014

June 27, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
EYA voted #5 top place to work in the area by the Washington Post!EYA voted #5 top place to work in the area by the Washington Post!

The Washington Post’s 2014 Top Workplaces have been released, and EYA is one of them! We ranked #5 out of the 80 small companies (50-150 employees) included on the list. The article mentions that our “employees enjoy a fun atmosphere” and commends our “charitable foundation, the EYA foundation” for its great contributions to the communities where we build. We would also like to congratulate our investment partners, JBG, for ranking #1 as the best large company to work for in the area!

Companies featured on the list were nominated by their employees. We are proud that our employees enjoy the work they do and love creating new neighborhoods for our home buyers.

EYA Townhome from the Movie “Syriana” Sells Above Asking Price

May 27, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
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The 2005 hit movie “Syriana” featuring George Clooney was in a small part filmed in an EYA townhome. The living room, kitchen and front porch were all seen in the film as the home of Jeffrey Wright’s character. The townhome recently went on the market and with seven offers at or above asking price, sold well above its asking price of $1.125 million.

EYA’s Harrison Square community is located at 13th and V Streets NW, walking distance to local restaurants, shopping, and the U Street Metro. An entire city block was developed to seamlessly blend with the historic neighborhood, and ultimately was credited with sparking a renaissance of the U Street Corridor.

EYA is Again Named “Best Residential Builder”

April 28, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
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For the second time in a row, EYA has been voted Best Residential Builder in Washington City Paper’s Reader’s Poll.

The annual Poll attracts thousands of voters around Washington for their favorite businesses, people and places in over 100 categories.

No other builder in the District has built as many homes as EYA in the last 20 years and the company has touched over 4,000 home buyers in the area since its founding in 1992.

Readers also voted EYA as a runner-up in the “Best Developer” category, a category which EYA did win last year.

5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

April 22, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
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Earth Day celebrations are taking place around the world and there are many ways you can make a difference in your community and your home. Here are a few ideas:

  1. Pledge to reduce and recycle. Purchase food products that use less plastic packaging and bring recyclable shopping bags to the grocery store. Shopping at a local Farmer’s Market can also reduce the amount of plastic packaging you consume. If you don’t already recycle at home, pledge to start.
  2. Plant a tree. Volunteer with a local tree planting organization or simply plant a tree in your own yard.
  3. Use public transit, carpooling or bicycle. Reduce your carbon footprint by using alternative transport methods such as public transit, carpooling, bicycling or walking.
  4. Install energy saving devices in your home. Change out those old incandescent bulbs for more energy-efficient bulbs, add a programmable thermostat (and be sure to change your air filters) and get low flow fixtures and appliances.
  5. Attend an Earth Day event. This weekend, there are lots of great Earth Day events taking place in the area that will feature plant sales, live music, family-friendly activities and more!

EYA has long demonstrated a commitment to environmentally sound business practices and building sustainable neighborhoods. Nearly every home we build is LEED certified and no other homebuilder in the Washington area has earned as many LEED certifications. We also build in urban areas where homeowners are within walking distance of transit, shopping, dining and other conveniences. Learn more about our actively selling communities and discover a smarter way to live today!

EYA to Award Scholarships to Ward 5 High School Seniors

April 11, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
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EYA today announces its 2014 college scholarship contest for District of Columbia public & charter high school seniors living in Ward 5. This June the company will award a $2,000 annual scholarship to up to two students based on an evaluation of short essays and recommendations.

Interested students are encouraged to submit an application as soon as possible. To qualify, a student must:

  • Be a senior at a DC Public or Public Charter High School
  • Reside in Ward 5
  • Have accepted admission to either a 2-year or 4-year college (by the June 6, 2014 application deadline)
  • Have a GPA that ranks in the top 30% of their class

While homebuilding is the primary thing we do, building sustainable neighborhoods is what we love.  And that means more than welcoming new homeowners – it means giving back in the communities where we build. This scholarship will make a direct and positive impact on two young people and their families living in Ward 5, the site of EYA’s Chancellor’s Row townhouse neighborhood now selling in Northeast DC.