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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.

Take the Pledge: Go Car Free on September 22nd

September 12, 2014 | by | 1 Comment
Pledge to go car free on September 22nd and use alternative transit such as Metro, bikeshare or walking.Pledge to go car free on September 22nd and use alternative transit such as Metro, bikeshare or walking.

On Monday, September 22nd, Washington area drivers will take part in a worldwide movement to support sustainable transportation by pledging to go car free or car-lite. Car Free Day is an international event that takes place in 1,500 cities across 40 countries to celebrate alternative forms of transportation.

To participate, fill out the pledge to go car free or car-lite and use alternative transport such as a bicycle, public transit, carpool or walking. Plus, by simply submitting your pledge, you are entered to win great prizes including a Kindle Fire, Sole Custom Bicycle, memberships to Capital Bikeshare and ZipCar, Metro passes and more!

EYA recognizes the benefits of going car free and is committed to creating distinctly special neighborhoods that positively impact individual lives and communities in a socially responsible way. Visit our website to learn more about our walkable neighborhoods and start living your car free lifestyle today!

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!

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.

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!

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!

More Brookland Shops Ready to Open

April 16, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
The group running the Arlington Courthouse farmer's market is coming to Brookland this May. Photo by Flickr's Cliff1066TM.The group running the Arlington Courthouse farmer's market is coming to Brookland this May. Photo by Flickr's Cliff1066TM.

Brookland’s booming Monroe Street Market is quickly becoming one of DC’s most coveted neighborhood destinations.

Just announced: Locally-renowned Filter Coffeehouse and Espresso Bar will be partnering with owners of The Bike Rack to bring a bike shop/coffee house concept to a large retail space along the Arts Walk. Their spot is expected to open this Fall.

A farmer’s market will also open at Monroe Street Market this May, offering goods from up to 20 vendors on Saturdays from 9 AM – 1 PM. The market will be operated by Lydia’s Fields, the same group who organizes the Arlington Courthouse Farmer’s Market (pictured).

Learn more about the variety of shops opening in Brookland here or visit the Monroe Street Market site. Monroe Street Market is just three blocks from EYA’s Chancellor’s Row townhomes. Now selling our final phase, with homes priced from the upper $600s to the low $800s, all ready for summer move-in.

Tips for Spring Cleaning in Your EYA Home

April 7, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
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Spring is (finally) in bloom around Washington and we know you’re eager to open up your windows for a breath of fresh air. If spring cleaning is on your agenda, here are a few tips for tidying up your EYA home.

Take a peek at our Homeowner Maintenance video series, chocked full of helpful tips for common finishes and cleaning exterior areas of the home.

Looking to make way for your Spring wardrobe? We’re collecting gently used career attire in our clothing drive for A Wider Circle. Donate in DC, Alexandria or Bethesda.

Before you toss unneeded household items, check to see if it’s on the list of Green America’s 21 Things You Didn’t Know You Can Recycle. They have a solution for discarding all sorts of items like CFL bulbs, pantyhose and “technotrash”.