Hyattsville, MD (July 7, 2009) – In 2005, former Governor Erlich selected EYA’s Arts District Hyattsville development for Priority Places recognition. Again on June 28, 2009, the community was selected by Maryland’s Governor’s office for designation as a “Smart Site”, encouraging investment and revitalization for development plans that are “Smart, Green, and Growing”.
The recognition is the latest of a series of awards given to Arts District Hyattsville since its conception – Best Urban Smart Growth Community (National Association of Home Builders), Best Mixed Use Design (Monument Awards), and Best Green Building (MNCBIA), just to name a few.
For city planners and land developers, Arts District Hyattsville is a scalable model for mixed-use design – incorporating new homes, historic preservation, a walkable lifestyle close to neighborhood retail services, community amenities and fitness, and proximity to employment centers of Washington, DC. And by designing the neighborhood around the existing, burgeoning arts district on the Route 1 corridor, EYA is bringing together artists, art programming and education, and the general public, for a vibrant sense of community and place.
Today, nearly 90 of 130 new townhomes near DC are occupied in the community on the West side of Route 1. Several locally-owned retailers have opened their doors in the live-work residences and the 1950s automobile showroom anchoring the site has been restored and repurposed into the community fitness center and art gallery. Soon, construction on the opposite side of Route 1 will begin, featuring another 200 townhomes, apartment rentals, and a new retail strip with Busboys and Poets, Tara Thai, and other eclectic shops and restaurants. Everything is designed to allow homeowners to spend less time in their cars and more time in their neighborhoods.
EYA is a smart growth developer, specializing in walkable new townhome communities and mixed-use developments. Since its founding in 1992, the company has built nearly 30 neighborhoods in the Washington Metropolitan area. For more information on the company or its neighborhoods, visit http://www.eya.com/.