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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
2014 EYA Day of Service

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.

Halloween Happenings in Your EYA Neighborhood

October 24, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
Photo courtesy of Flickr's tawest64.Photo courtesy of Flickr's tawest64.

Looking for some Halloween fun? From the Silver Spring Zombie Walk to trick-or-treating at the local boutiques, check out these ghoulishly good events taking place in your EYA neighborhood.

Old Town Alexandria

Get a jump on your trick-or-treating in the Old Town Boutique District. Stop by on Saturday, October 25th for Trick or Treat with the Boo-tiques from 11 AM to 6 PM. Old Town’s favorite shops, including Red Barn Mercantile and lou lou, will be giving out treats to goblins and ghouls of all ages. Be sure to bring the kids by Pink and Brown for its 5th annual costume contest. The winner will receive a $100 gift card to the store.

For the grown-ups, head over to the Fish Market on November 1st for its Nightmare on King Street Halloween Bash. Come in your scariest or funniest costume. Prizes for best costume and scariest scream! For a fun date night, go see the classic interactive musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Little Theatre of Alexandria. Now playing through November 15th.

Silver Spring

One event you won’t want to miss is the Silver Spring Zombie Walk! Back from the dead, this year’s Zombie Walk takes place on Saturday, October 25th in downtown Silver Spring. Gather with your fellow Zombies starting at 7 PM next to Jackie’s Sidebar then wander through the streets ending at the AFI Silver Theatre. Be sure to join the Zombie Dance Party along the way! The AFI Silver Theatre will be showing a Zombie movie and retailers will have Zombie-themed specials.

Fairfax

What better way to celebrate Halloween than combining trick-or-treating, shopping and cocktails! Mosaic District has all this and more for your Halloween enjoyment on Thursday, October 30th from 5 PM – 9 PM. Treat bags will be available on a first come, first served basis at the information table at the corner of District Avenue and Strawberry Lane. Come dressed in your best costume and get discounts at select local retailers including 25% off at Langford Market and 15% off at Mint Nail Lounge. Then head over to one of the exciting new restaurants for some scary good cocktails such as Deadly Hot Cider at Matchbox and Smashing Pumpkins at Gypsy Soul.

Bethesda

Bethesda Row offers some “retail scare-apy” on Thursday, October 30th from 5 PM – 7 PM. About 40 shops and restaurants will offer special deals, live entertainment and trick-or-treating for the kids. Participating retailers include Bluemercury and Paper Source, who will have a drawing for a $100 gift card to the store. Georgetown Cupcakes is offering its special Halloween Dozen cupcakes now through October 31st.

If you are feeling adventurous, book a table at Mussel Bar & Grille on October 29th for its Halloween “Mystery” Beer Dinner. For $65, you will receive a 4-course beer and food pairing menu, however the items on the menu are a mystery until you arrive!

Happy hauntings!

Moments from Mosaic: Date Night at TRIO Grill

October 17, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
Trio Grill near Mosaic DistrictTrio Grill near Mosaic District

Living in Mosaic District, you don’t have to venture far to have a romantic night out. TRIO Grill, a modern American restaurant from the folks behind the CIRCA restaurants, embraces the art of the date night with excellent ambiance, an unbelievable menu ranging from the finest steaks to the freshest seafood, and an extensive beverage program run by a master mixologist. TRIO is located at 8100 Lee Highway, just moments from Mosaic District.

To prime you for your next special night out, we asked Aaron Rentfrew, General Manager and Sommelier at TRIO, to offer some standout menu items and wines:

  • Starting this fall, TRIO’s menu will play up its light items, debuting exciting entrees like marinated and grilled jumbo gulf Shrimp with Georgia stoneground grits, as well as a Fresh Seasonal Fig Salad. These newcomers join the likes of TRIO’s legendary Branzino.
  • Lighter items aside, TRIO is known as a place for steaks and chops. Try a New York Strip with the Pio Cesare l’Altro Chardonnay (Piedmont, Italy 2010), which is approachable and drinkable throughout dinner and pairs well with all kinds of meats, or the Buehler Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley, CA 2011), whose medium-high tannins and medium-full body suits red meats well.
  • Additionally, our ribeye and lamb both pair excellently with the Honig Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley, CA 2011). This vintage features estate-grown fruit with full body and full expression of the grape and solid tannins for nice fruit and oak flavors.

Think of TRIO Grill when you plan your next date (or any special night out with friends and loved ones). Stop by the Mosaic District sales center for a special voucher to use on your first visit to TRIO. See you there!

Upping the Food Factor at Mosaic

October 8, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
True Food Kitchen, photo by Samson Loo via Flickr.True Food Kitchen, photo by Samson Loo via Flickr.

If there was any doubt that Mosaic has become Northern Virginia’s foodie hot spot, the Washington Post presents three more reasons to discover Mosaic.

In their Express article, writer Holley Simmons provides some “don’t miss” advice when visiting the community, which is just a 16-minute walk from Dunn Loring Metro station. Don’t want to make the walk? Fret not. Mosaic offers a Metro shuttle which runs every 12 minutes during rush hour.

If you’re thinking of making Mosaic “home”, hurry in. We have less than 20 townhomes remaining. Visit our model home and onsite sales center today, we’re open daily from 11 AM – 6 PM.

 

Event: Wine & Cheese with Grape + Bean

October 6, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
Online retailer Swirl and Sip takes the guesswork out of finding great wine. Coming to Mosaic District.Online retailer Swirl and Sip takes the guesswork out of finding great wine. Coming to Mosaic District.

Join us for a taste of Old Town this Saturday, October 11th, from Noon – 3 PM. Enjoy wine & cheese courtesy of Alexandria’s favorite Grape + Bean as you tour our model home. Don’t miss this final opportunity to call Old Town Commons “home”. Kindly RSVP to oldtowncommons@eya.com or 571-312-8910. Located at 735 N. Alfred Street in Alexandria.

EYA Receives Gold National Housing Quality Award®

September 23, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

Bethesda, MD, Sept.  22, 2014 – EYA, a leading developer and builder of more than 4,000 Washington, D.C.-area homes in distinct urban-lifestyle neighborhoods, has received a Gold Award in the 2014 National Housing Quality (NHQ) Award® program. Modeled after the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the NHQ Award represents the housing industry’s highest recognition for achievements in total quality management.  This award adds to the list of national recognition received by the local company, who has also won America’s Best Builder twice and the ULI Award of Excellence.

NHQ Awards

EYA is one of only two Gold Award winners in the entire country.  The company was judged on eight business categories: leadership, strategic planning, process management, customer satisfaction, human resources, construction quality, trade relationship and business results.  Judges for the 2014 NHQ Award, including housing industry executives, management consultants, and marketing experts, evaluated a 150-question application from each entrant. In addition, on-site interviews were conducted with EYA employees and trade customers and customer feedback was assessed.

“This is quite a feat, and I’m extremely proud that our team has achieved this distinct honor in the first year that we were evaluated for the NHQ Award,” said Bob Youngentob, EYA president. “The clarity and focus of our mission, the strength of our core values, the high degree of accountability and the openness of our communication have allowed EYA to continuously exceed our goals and customers’ expectations.”

Founded in 1992 and headquartered in downtown Bethesda, EYA has built more than 35 walkable neighborhoods in the D.C. metro area, predominantly located inside the Beltway in Montgomery County, the City of Alexandria, Arlington, and Washington DC.  The company is actively selling new townhomes in Silver Spring, Bethesda, Washington D.C., and Old Town Alexandria, along with one condominium in Old Town Alexandria.

Frank Connors, EYA Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer says quality management for EYA includes building neighborhoods that promote convenient, comfortable and responsible living for residents and the community at-large.

“While homebuilding is the primary thing we do, building sustainable neighborhoods is what we love; and that means more than welcoming new homeowners,” said Connors.  “It means emphasizing social responsibility and giving back in the communities where we build.”

The National Housing Quality Award®, established in 1993, is sponsored by Professional Builder Magazine. EYA executives will receive their Gold Award at the Housing Giant Leadership Conference in Dana Point, California in October.

About EYA

Founded in 1992, EYA is an urban infill developer specializing in the creation of distinct neighborhoods that positively impact individual lives and communities in a socially responsible way.  Since its inception, EYA has built more than 4,000 homes across the Washington Metropolitan area, tackling some of the region’s most challenging sites along the way.

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!

Phase 2 Townhomes Grand Opening at Mosaic District

September 9, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
Phase 2 features only 25 new townhomes. Stop by the Grand Opening on September 20th to learn more!Phase 2 features only 25 new townhomes. Stop by the Grand Opening on September 20th to learn more!

We are excited to announce the Grand Opening of our Phase 2 Townhomes at Mosaic District on Saturday, September 20th! Phase 2 features only 25 new townhomes just steps from all the exciting new Mosaic District retail shops and restaurants. Stop by to discover why so many people are calling Mosaic District home!

Phase 2 Townhomes Grand Opening
Saturday, September 20th
11 AM – 6 PM
3002 District Avenue
Fairfax, VA 22031

Priced from the mid $700s, the townhomes feature 3 and 4 bedroom floorplans, lofts with rooftop terraces and private garage parking. Dozens of Washington’s iconic new retail shops and restaurants are now open onsite at Mosaic District, including Gypsy Soul, Matchbox, Swirl & Sip, Taylor Gourmet, Cyclone Anaya’s Mexican Kitchen, the Angelika Film Center and much more. The community also offers great amenities including a free shuttle to the Dunn Loring Metro station, less than 1 mile away.

Come by the Grand Opening on Saturday, September 20th to learn more about this exciting new urban neighborhood!

12th Annual King Street Art Festival

September 5, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
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On Saturday, September 13th and Sunday, September 14th, Old Town’s acclaimed King Street will be transformed into a world-class outdoor art gallery. The 12th Annual King Street Art Festival will showcase over 200 artists from the U.S. and abroad featuring more than $15 million worth of handcrafted art and one-of-a-kind wares!

From Washington Street to the waterfront, artist booths will line the street offering festival patrons fine art paintings, sculpture, jewelry, photography and more. The weekend will also be full of hands-on activities, live music and the return of the Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser! For a $15 donation, you will receive a hand-made ice cream bowl full of delicious ice cream from Artfully Chocolate. Proceeds will benefit the Art League’s ceramic department. The event is free and open to the public.

King Street in Old Town offers festivals year round. EYA is now selling townhomes and condominiums within walking distance of King Street and the Alexandria waterfront. Old Town Commons features townhomes with garage parking and rooftop terraces. The Oronoco offers expansive one-level luxury condominiums on the banks of the Potomac River with unparalleled amenities such as heated pool, outdoor kitchen, concierge services, dog washing station and more.