The EYA Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of its Spring 2017 grant-making cycle. Twice a year, the foundation awards grants to non-profit organizations and private foundations working in the Washington metro area. Grant making priorities include contributions, donations, and sponsorships for programs focusing on disadvantaged populations, job training and education, beautification of blighted neighborhoods, and the rehabilitation of support facilities for the underserved.
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The Maryland Building Industry Association (MBIA) Land Development Council awards program honors leaders in the industry and celebrates creative development projects that are sensitive to the environment and promote best building practices. And for 2016, EYA received two top awards.
EYA has long been committed to sustainable green building practices and has received LEED certification for more homes than any other homebuilder in the Washington, DC region. Recently, the homes at EYA’s Bethesda, MD townhome community, Little Falls Place, received LEED certification, bringing the company’s total to over 900 LEED certified homes.
EYA is partnering with the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) as the title sponsor of The Cider Ride. The Cider Ride is WABA's fall community bike ride, fundraiser, and one of the most popular annual events for the region's bike community.
Hundreds of riders are expected to participate in this year’s ride on Saturday, November 5th. The ride starts and finishes in DC’s Edgewood neighborhood and winds its way from Northeast DC to Maryland’s Anacostia Tributary Trails through Hyattsville and College Park. Participants may choose from the 9-mile family-friendly trail to more challenging 23 or 47-mile routes. Cider and snack stops are provided along the way. After the ride, join EYA at the post-ride celebration taking place at the charming Dew Drop Inn.
CNBC’s Nightly Business Report recently featured EYA’s president, Bob Youngentob, speaking about increased sales and the impact on homebuilder confidence. Homebuilder confidence has risen to the highest level in almost a year, as reported by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Housing Market Index. What is driving the surge? The report noted that job creation and tight supply are fueling demand. Mr. Youngentob also added that as interest rates have remained low for quite some time, buyers fear that rates will rise, which has encouraged activity.
The New York Times interviewed EYA’s president, Bob Youngentob, as part of their showcase of the upcoming redevelopment along the Old Town Alexandria waterfront. Until recently, a prime section of the waterfront has been home to a group of industrial warehouses and underutilized by residents and visitors. As part of a larger City plan to revitalize the waterfront, EYA is transforming three acres bordered by Duke, Union, and Wolfe Streets to help enhance access to and enjoyment of the waterfront.
EYA Foundation proudly donated 23 backpacks filled with school supplies for kids-in-need to the Montgomery Housing Partnership (MHP). The children (who are ages 5-11) are enrolled in MHP’s after-school homework club in Silver Spring, MD. The homework club provides students a structured and supportive atmosphere for completing school assignments. Literacy specialists also provide small group instruction for children who require more in-depth assistance.
Every year, Smart Growth America presents the LOCUS Leadership Awards to developers and investors who have demonstrated exemplary commitment to public leadership, smart growth development and furthering the mission of advocating for sustainable, walkable urban development.
The Golden Nugget Awards honor projects which improve our communities through excellence in design, planning and development. We are thrilled to announce that Grosvenor Heights received an Award of Merit in the Sustainable Residential Community category. This category highlights projects excelling in energy efficiency, conservation of natural resources and sustainable building practices.
On Friday, October 23rd, EYA staffers ascended upon A Wider Circle in Silver Spring, Maryland for the company's Day of Service. Volunteers sorted donated items, made repairs to furniture, re-stocked the showroom floor, assembled shelving, and loaded items onto recipients' vehicles.