Last night at the MNCBIA membership dinner, EYA was awarded recognition as “Builder of the Year” in the Large Volume category. Associate members of MNCBIA vote on a winner for the category, which recognizes excellence in subcontractor relations, quality control, supervision and ethics.
“On behalf of everyone at EYA, we are so pleased to accept this award. Our vendor partners are vital to our business and our ability to deliver an excellent product to our homebuyers,” said Bob Youngentob, President of EYA. “We couldn’t be more proud.”
Since 1992, EYA has built over 4,000 homes in urban infill locations. The company has earned more than 250 industry awards in this time, including America’s Best Builder, not once, but twice. EYA has actively selling neighborhoods in the District, Old Town Alexandria, Fairfax, Bethesda, Hyattsville and Silver Spring.
MNCBIA is the building industry association for the Maryland National Capital area. Among its many activities, the organization provides networking opportunities for industry businesses, advances important issues in housing, and gives back through philanthropic efforts.
A panel of industry experts weighed criteria such as sustainable design, construction which minimizes environmental impact, homes with reduced energy and water consumption, and the protection of the health of occupants.
In 2009, EYA committed to design all future neighborhoods to LEED for Homes standards, and the company has received over 500 certifications from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Chancellor’s Row, which was also named 2011 Community of the Year, is a 10-acre urban infill townhouse community, built to LEED-ND and LEED for Homes standards and includes onsite Capital Bikeshare and Zipcar. The community is over 90% sold out and a limited number of homes remain for quick move-in.
We’re happy to announce that Barnes & Noble, along with Starbucks, will be anchoring the retail town center at Monroe Street Market, just four blocks from Chancellor’s Row!
This retail announcement follows the developer’s earlier announcement that &Pizza will be serving up their delicious pizza creations onsite.
We heard early on that Barnes & Noble was moving the CUA bookstore to the all-new $200 million redevelopment across from campus at Monroe Street Market. The bookstore and coffee shop are expected to open in Spring 2014.
In this month’s Employee Spotlight, we are pleased to feature EYA’s Senior Vice President of Land Acquisition and Development, Aakash Thakkar. A DC native, Aakash is passionate about creating great new communities that revitalize local neighborhoods and benefit the City’s residents. He has also been very involved in the EYA Foundation and is an active participant at many EYA volunteer events.
Current Role: Senior Vice President, Land Acquisition and Development
At EYA for: 9.5 Years
What do you enjoy most about your current position at EYA?
I love the entrepreneurial side of the business, working with municipalities, land sellers and the EYA team to create new opportunities for EYA. Also, EYA’s mission of urban-infill development and urban revitalization squares really well with my values. There is nothing more exciting to me than working on a project that will create a new neighborhood and with that, lead to revitalization in the surrounding area. EYA’s efforts in Brookland, Capital Quarter and U Street in DC, Chatham Square and Old Town Commons in Alexandria, and Arts District Hyattsville are all examples of how our work revitalizes neighborhoods, creates jobs, enhances the tax base and provides great homes for our residents.
I also enjoy working with communities and municipalities to both address their desires for their neighborhoods, while also ensuring that our projects are economically viable and will ultimately create great places.
What makes EYA unique or special compared to your work experiences elsewhere?
EYA is unique and frankly, awesome, for many reasons. It starts with our mission of urban-infill and our commitment to people, planet and profit. It is rare to find a company like EYA that is both highly profitable and has such an enormous, positive impact on the communities in which we build.
In addition to the mission, it’s the people. Smart, dedicated, results-oriented and focused on rowing in the same direction, and at the same time kind, generous and fun loving.
You have been very active with the EYA Foundation. What is the best volunteer project you participated in and why?
The fact that leadership at EYA is committed and willing to put financial resources into the Foundation is wonderful. It shows that we sincerely care about giving back above and beyond the great neighborhoods we create. My favorite events were the Anacostia Watershed clean-up and the school buff and scrub we did in DC a couple of years ago.
As a native Washingtonian, what do you think makes DC such a special city?
The revitalization of the City since I was a child has been tremendous. We have great restaurants, parks, public transportation, and more housing and office that keeps people working, living and playing in the City, day and night.
The diversity and openness of the City, welcoming to all types of people regardless of race, class and sexual orientation is also special in my book. To be a great City, I think you have to be welcoming too and have amenities for all types of people and DC does a good job at that.
What are your personal interests/hobbies?
I am fortunate in that my work is a true hobby of mine. I am definitely a DC geek and an urban revitalization geek. I am also into local and national politics, like to play and watch tennis and love spending time with family and friends.
What was the best vacation you ever took?
My family and I spent three weeks in Thailand and Loas visiting friends in late 2011. Great food, beaches, scenery and culture. I really enjoy immersing myself in other cultures, that’s a lot of fun for me!
Residents of Chancellor’s Row have a new neighbor! We’re excited to welcome Capital Bikeshare to the community, at the intersection of Hamlin St and 7th St NE. CaBi joins Zipcar in the transit friendly location, where Metro is only steps away. Easy access to the Met Branch Trail means walkers and bikers can be at Union Station or the nation’s Capital in just minutes.
The combination of car alternatives, LEED certified construction, and beautiful design has earned the community designation as 2012 Community of the Year and City Paper‘s Best Designed Residential Development. The neighborhood is now 90% sold out and a few homesites remain from the upper $600s. Model homes open daily at 627 Regent Place NE in the District.
To learn more about the benefits of becoming a member of Capital Bikeshare, visit http://www.capitalbikeshare.com/.
Instead, researchers are seeing empty nesters increasingly choose the conveniences of city living. They’re ditching the car, walking to farmer’s markets, enjoying a lower maintenance lifestyle and generally embracing the vibrancy of walkable lifestyles.
It’s a concept on which EYA was founded, and EYA builds townhomes and condominiums in locations which offer life within walking distance (the company’s tagline) throughout the Washington Metropolitan area.
Wondering if urban living is right for you? Discover how these families enjoy their choice or visit any one of our sales centers in Bethesda, Fairfax, Old Town Alexandria, Hyattsville or the District.
From the brainiacs at Walk Score who originally launched the walk ratings that define neighborhood accessibility is another tool that revolutionizes home search!
You can enter your daytime office address and find neighborhoods within a certain commute time: by transit, by car, bike or foot. Add your housemate’s office address, too, and find a place that’s convenient for you both. The navigation on Walk Score’s website is incredibly easy to use and very intuitive.
For now, you can only find real estate listing information for rental homes, so home shoppers looking for for-sale listings will have to wait. But you can still use the tool to narrow your search to a particular neighborhood. Now, that’s pretty handy!
Want a shorter commute? Then consider the neighborhoods of EYA. Our townhome and condo communities are just a hop, skip and jump from everywhere you want to be.
Washington-area homebuyers love our new townhomes and condominiums because they’re low-maintenance and eco-friendly (not to mention walkable to countless neighborhood amenities).
Now, simple home maintenance tasks are easier than ever, thanks to the launch of our Homeowner Maintenance video series on YouTube!
We filmed a variety of common household tasks, such as changing air filters, winterizing for cold weather and cleaning common household finishes. You can view all the how-to videos here.
Our Homeowner Maintenance video series includes:
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Zipcar is readying their fleet for the Spring/Summer driving season. What better time to launch our Homeowner Discount program with them!?
We love the concept of car sharing. You maintain the convenience of access to a car, but don’t have the burden of car payments, insurance, gas and registration. With Zipcar, gas and insurance are included, and you can pay either by the hour, or by the day.
Now, you can pick up a Zipcar near our walkable new home neighborhoods and save $30 off the first year’s annual fee, plus receive $30 in free driving credits!
Simply visit http://www.Zipcar.com/EYA to register. Beep beep!