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More Support for Transit-Oriented Neighborhoods

June 9, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
Mixed-use development by EYA at Westside at Shady Grove Metro, a transit-oriented neighborhood.Mixed-use development by EYA at Westside at Shady Grove Metro, a transit-oriented neighborhood.

We’re excited to share Roger K. Lewis’ most recent piece on transit-oriented development, a concept that’s at the very heart of life within walking distance. We work tirelessly to deliver on the best, timeless practices in urban living and neighborhood design. You can see some evidence of our past commitments smart growth on EYA.com. Enjoy!

EYA Breaks Ground for Westside at Shady Grove Metro

May 12, 2015 | by | 2 Comments
From left to right:
Brian Allan Jackson, Ronnie Warner, Greg Ossont, Clarence Snuggs, David Dise, Ike Leggett, Casey Anderson, Bob Youngentob, McLean QuinnFrom left to right: Brian Allan Jackson, Ronnie Warner, Greg Ossont, Clarence Snuggs, David Dise, Ike Leggett, Casey Anderson, Bob Youngentob, McLean Quinn

Bethesda, Maryland, May 12, 2015 – EYA broke ground today on Westside at Shady Grove Metro, a new transit-oriented, mixed-use residential and retail community. Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett joined EYA to mark the beginning stages of construction at the 45-acre smart-growth community.

Westside will feature 407 townhomes, more than 1,000 rental homes, 131,000 sq. feet of office space and a total of 41,828 sq. feet of retail space. Plans also call for the addition of a community library.  Moderately priced dwelling units (MPDU) and workforce housing are included among the residences.

The Westside neighborhood is a public-private partnership between Montgomery County and EYA that transforms the former Montgomery County Service Park from warehouse and industrial space to a vibrant mixed-use community.

“I am very excited to break ground with our development partner EYA on the first development project under my Smart Growth Initiative,” said Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett. “Developing this land around the Shady Grove Metro Station will deliver quality housing and the promise of a vibrant urban village.  The Smart Growth Initiative, of which this is an important part, will create a better quality of life for our residents well into the future.”

EYA President Bob Youngentob said the community will bring significant change.

“Everyone at EYA is so proud to be a part of this transformational effort to redevelop the former Montgomery County Service Park into a world class residential community in accord with County Executive Ike Leggett’s ‘Smart Growth Initiative’.” EYA believes the combination of innovative new home design, neighborhood-serving retail, a rich complement of recreational amenities and unparalleled access to transportation options including the ICC, I-270 and walking distance to the Shady Grove Metro platform, will result in a neighborhood that will offer the ultimate in ‘life within walking distance’. EYA has been working on this community for more than 10 years, and we want to thank the County Executive, his staff, and the County Council for entrusting us with this unique opportunity to create Westside at Shady Grove Metro.”

Westside at Shady Grove offers homebuyers a choice in sleek and spacious townhomes currently for sale. Market-rate homes are available in four models (Bancroft, Copeland, Davis and Erving) that range from 1,678 to 2,427 square feet with three or four bedrooms and 2.5 or 3.5 baths. Homes are three or four floors and include a private, two-car garage and a rooftop terrace with available outdoor kitchen and gas fireplace.

The townhomes at Westside have been designed in two contemporary architectural styles, distinct, yet complementary, and consistent with the overall urban character of the mixed-use development.

The SoHo style is influenced by West Coast design details and materials, with an emphasis on expansive windows that allow natural light to fill the open interior spaces. The Tribeca style is based on design concepts more prevalent in East Coast urban environments, with full masonry facades and bays, accentuated by towers of paneled trim work and floor-to-ceiling glass.

Each street in the community will be architecturally controlled to provide a balance of both façade styles and a variety of color schemes, ensuring a unique urban experience within the residential portion of the Westside neighborhood.

Market-rate residences will feature chef kitchens with ENERGY STAR® appliances; advanced home automation of security, heating and cooling; water-saving Kohler fixtures; and eco-friendly construction built to LEED® for Homes standards.

Westside will offer residents a unique combination of well-preserved green space with desirable shopping and dining choices. Homebuyers will enjoy use of the community’s swimming pool, clubhouse, outdoor lounge, fitness center, dog park, garden, open parks, walking paths and onsite Metro access as part of homeowner association fees.

Homes are priced from the upper $500s to the upper $700s. First move-ins are expected in first quarter 2016. The sales center at 16658 Crabbs Branch Way is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Information is available at http://www.eya.com/westside-at-shady-grove/.

About EYA

EYA is Washington D.C.’s leading developer of urban and transit-oriented communities that promote Life Within Walking Distance®. The company has built more than 4,000 residences and 37 walkable urban neighborhoods in the D.C. area in last 22 years, including nearly 900 homes in Montgomery County. EYA plans to add 1,872 new homes to Montgomery County within the next five to seven years in six neighborhoods:  Chelsea Heights, Chevy Chase Lake, Grosvenor Heights, Montgomery Row at Rock Spring and Westside at Shady Grove Metro.

Grand Opening May 2nd: Westside at Shady Grove Metro

April 6, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
Rockville, MD TownhomesRockville, MD Townhomes

On Saturday May 2nd, EYA will celebrate the grand opening of its newest Montgomery County neighborhood, Westside at Shady Grove Metro.

Perfectly situated at the doorstep to the red line, Westside will soon feature over 400 luxury townhomes, over 1,000 multi-family homes and 40,000 sq. feet of retail shops. Residents will enjoy amenities such as clubhouse with 25-meter outdoor pool, lounge areas, and state-of-the-art fitness center; dog park; community garden; walking paths connecting to nearby trails; and a variety of green spaces throughout.

Westside is the 45-acre parcel of the 90-acre redevelopment at Shady Grove Metro, which will also soon include an elementary school and regulation sports fields. Crabbs Branch Way will be transformed into a pedestrian-friendly promenade and will complete a connection of bike trails through the site. The 90-acre project is a Smart Growth Initiative in partnership with Montgomery County and improves the use of Metro-oriented land in the County.

The architecture of the homes and clubhouse, while fresh and contemporary, is timeless and enduring with careful attention to detail and materials. It’s a fresh take on modern townhome living and includes LEED for Homes certification, advanced home automation and contemporary finish options throughout.

The sales center will open onsite May 2nd for pre-construction sales, with the first move-ins expected for late 2015/early 2016. New homes will start in the upper $500s. Local favorite Corned Beef King will cater the event.

Westside at Shady Grove Metro is EYA’s tenth neighborhood in Montgomery County. Previously, EYA developed, built and sold homes at National Park SeminaryThe Brownstones at Park PotomacFallsgroveStrathmore Park, Brownstones at Wheaton, Cameron Hill, Little Falls Place, Chelsea Heights and Grosvenor Heights.

Urban Dog Park Coming to Silver Spring

April 1, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
Dog Park

Montgomery County is preparing to start construction on downtown Silver Spring’s first dog park across from Chelsea Heights townhomes. Ellsworth Urban Park will be home to the new play space for pups. Today, the park already features playgrounds, tennis and gazebo, all within walking distance of the shops in downtown Silver Spring and EYA’s new homes at Chelsea Heights. The move by the County is a smart one, as there are now more households with dogs than kids and dog ownership helps people stay fit, social and active. The park is scheduled for completion at the end of 2015.

Embrace Green Living in Silver Spring

March 7, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
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On Saturday March 28th, discover all things green at Montgomery County’s inaugural Green Fest!
Enjoy exhibitions, job fair, demonstrations, live entertainment, children’s entertainment, green eats and more.
The event is sponsored by 13 different government, non-profit and university partners. Volunteer positions are still available.
Green Fest will be located at 7995 Georgia Avenue, just a short 1-mile walk from EYA’s townhomes at Chelsea Heights, a LEED for Homes certified neighborhood.

Smart Building Techniques: Third-Party Verification

February 28, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
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EYA’s long-standing commitment to environmentally friendly home design is now enhanced by third-party verification of important installations in all homes. In addition to LEED for Homes certification, the following systems are now inspected by a third-party verifier:

  • Building envelope wrap and flashing details
  • Quality of insulation installation
  • Blower door test
  • Duct leakage test
  • Exhaust fan performance
  • Kitchen exhaust performance
  • Pest control techniques
  • Mechanical ventilation performance

Green building techniques, such as third-party verification, ensure that even the best laid plans are properly implemented in new home construction. It’s one of the many ways we’re building a smarter, greener home. Learn more about EYA’s “smart city living” efforts here.

What’s New in Old Town

January 9, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
Homemade pizza with a glass of beer

Move over King Street. Some of Old Town’s best new eateries are finding a home in the north end.

Five major residential communities in Old Town are driving the growth of new retail north of Wythe Street, nearer to Braddock Metro Station.

Harris Teeter has recently opened in the lower level of The Kingsley and offers an impressive selection of to-go meals as well as Express Lane service for those on the run.

In the 1111 Belle Pre building, Lost Dog Cafe has opened their fifth location, now in Old Town. The spot offers dine-in pizza, sandwiches and beer – along with takeout. Also in Belle Pre will be Sugar Shack Donuts, a Richmond-based bakery.

The Asher apartments will welcome Bastille Restaurant, which is relocating from their former home on N. Royal Street into their new space at 620 N. Fayette. Bistro Royal will be taking the former location on N. Royal.

And of course, EYA’s Old Town Commons townhouse neighborhood and The Oronoco Condo have spurred the growth of independent retail such as the much anticipated Mason Social modern American spot with full-bar, which will open shortly.

 

Walkability, Open Concept Plan Among Desires for Empty Nesters

January 6, 2015 | by | 1 Comment
Little Falls Place

We’re excited to see The Washington Post talking about right-sizing options in housing this week. EYA has been following the needs of empty nesters for years, by developing walkable neighborhoods throughout Washington. Many of our homes offer one-level floor plans or elevators for access to all levels. It’s great to see more options being offered for simplifying life and spending less time on yard work and home maintenance.

Resolutions for a Walkable Lifestyle

January 6, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
Walkable

As we welcome a new year, many of us will make resolutions to live a healthier lifestyle. More and more research indicates that living in a walkable neighborhood is good for you. From better health to reduced crime rates to increased social interactions, walkable urban living has many far reaching benefits. The studies show:

  • There is a significant connection between walkability and health benefits
  • Walkability encourages more civic engagement in our communities
  • Walkable urban environments spur social interaction and creativity
  • Walkability is a key to influencing housing prices

EYA is passionate about 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 resolve to start living your walkable lifestyle today!

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.