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April 5th, 2021 | London, UK | Affordable & Workforce Housing, Community

How Pocket Living is making a difference with modern modular construction to quickly deliver affordable homes

Pocket Living is one of the fastest growing affordable housing developers in London, transforming small and constrained parcels of land into discounted and attractive affordable homes for local first-time buyers. By embracing a modular construction approach—which involves building near-complete homes in a factory and then transporting them to the construction site—Pocket Living is able to accelerate the delivery of homes and reduce overall disruptions to the neighborhood. The result: compact one-bedroom units in each Pocket Home that are identical across each development. Modular homes are significantly quicker to build but are designed to the same codes and high standards as conventionally-built homes. This process plays a small but important role in addressing London’s current housing crisis, as more areas of the city can be efficiently developed than ever before, leading to more affordable homes for locals with dreams of homeownership.

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March 23rd, 2021 | Chicago, IL | Diversity, Community, Careers

HIRE360 is paving the way for more diverse and equitable real estate and hospitality industries to benefit the Chicago community

HIRE360 is a first-of-its-kind platform with a bold mission to transform the real estate and hospitality industries from the ground up, aiming to strengthen and nurture the Chicago community now and for years to come. As underrepresented groups have historically faced higher barriers when it comes to employment and mentorship in the real estate and hospitality industries, HIRE360 aims to increase participation of minorities and women while also providing them long-term opportunities for success. The four pillars that make up the program reflect this vision to increase diversity and equity in the industry: the first pillar involves recruiting and supporting individuals interested in careers in real estate and hospitality by providing apprenticeships, access to financial assistance and job opportunity exposure; the second pillar entails working with minority- and women-owned businesses to ensure that they can bid on major development projects, access working capital loans and receive critical business support like accounting services; the third pillar focuses on youth outreach within underrepresented communities by organizing job fairs and school presentations about careers in real estate; and the fourth pillar centers on diversifying the supply chain through encouraging responsible hiring and accountability, as more than 40% of project budgets are spent on supply chain costs, and therefore represent a meaningful opportunity for Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs).

The founders of HIRE360—including Related Midwest Executive Vice President Don Biernacki—understand that in order to empower the community and sustain long-term change, many voices must be involved in the process. By bringing together over 40 partners consisting of developers, general contractors, trade unions, non-profits and government agencies, HIRE360 combines real estate and hospitality expertise with deep knowledge of the local community to create long-lasting solutions to problems that these industries have faced for decades. For example, two of the biggest issues that minority- and women-led real estate businesses experience are a lack of visibility and access to capital. After the program launched in late 2019, M/WBEs received $3.5 million in funding and an additional 25 businesses secured Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans as a result of their participation in the program. While HIRE360 launched in Chicago, the Related Midwest team is currently working on expanding the framework so that it can be applied to real estate and hospitality industries in cities around the country and contribute to lasting positive social impact.

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March 22nd, 2021 | London, UK | Affordable & Workforce Housing, Community

Pocket Living: West Green Place

West Green Place is Pocket Living's first community in the heart of London’s Haringey neighborhood where a discarded piece of land was transformed into a new community center. The parcel holds a total of 126 homes designed by award-winning architects HTA Design LLP, ranging from first-time buyer apartments to family townhouses. Providing stunning views, green paths that connect residents to nearby cafes and direct access to Downhills Park, the development is conveniently located for experiencing the best of the neighborhood. Residents can go to central London in just 17 minutes with nearby transportation options of Turnpike Lane and Seven Sisters stations. Plenty of restaurants and foodie haven Stoke Newington are also just down the road.

All of Pocket Living’s homes are designed to maximize interior spaces to offer modern and sustainable living solutions. Designed for urban dwellers with all the essential features for a first-time buyer, each home has sufficient space to live and work from home, including floor-to-ceiling windows that allow natural daylight to filter into each room. But West Green Place is more than just a collection of houses—with an on-site community center and a nursery, it has all the ingredients to make a thriving community.

About half of West Green Place’s residents are key workers originally from the Haringey neighborhood. One of the residents, Kezia, is a clinical psychologist local to Tottenham who says she always wanted to live and to be connected to the community that she works in. Despite the fact that it’s difficult to purchase a home in London, she was incredibly excited to find a discounted home that allows her a short commute. Kezia is proud to own a little bit of London and to be able to continue living in the neighborhood where she was raised.

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March 17th, 2021 | Nationwide | Affordable Housing, Community

COVID-19 vaccinations are rolling out in several affordable properties nationwide

Over the past weeks, Related Affordable and Related Management Company, under a CDC program in partnership with CVS and Walgreens, have been able to offer our most vulnerable residents access to the COVID-19 vaccine. This is a nationwide program that touches over 100 of our affordable properties in 18 states. The team has been working tirelessly to organize over 365 on-site clinics through CVS and Walgreens for over 10,000 residents ages 62 and up. The effort is helping to keep residents, their families, friends and community healthy and safe. To date, nearly 9,700 residents have already received their first dose of the vaccine.

Many of our residents have shared how much this opportunity means to them, and their words remind us of the tremendous impact we may create for others. Here’s a video filmed recently at Manhattan Plaza featuring perspectives from our residents.

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March 16th, 2021 | Los Angeles, CA | Retail, City Centers, Construction

Frank Gehry speaks with KCRW’s Frances Anderton about LA’s The Grand

12m-square-foot mixed-use center The Grand represents the culmination of Frank Gehry’s storied career—the only place in the world where two of his greatest architectural designs will face each other from across the street. Located in the heart of downtown LA’s cultural corridor, The Grand has completed another major construction milestone by topping out its two towers on March 8th. The development will become a 24-7 destination with shopping, dining, entertainment, a hotel and residences when completed in 2024. Watch an exclusive interview (recorded prior to March 2020) with Frank Gehry and KCRW’s Frances Anderton about his role in bringing The Grand to life.

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March 15th, 2021 | Virtual | Diversity, Construction, Community

Jeff Brodsky, Yanet, Garcia, Kiera Ellis participate in panel on diversity and inclusion in real estate

In partnership with international human and civil rights organization Rainbow PUSH Coalition, Jeffrey Brodsky, Kiera Ellis and Yanet Garcia from Related Midwest’s leadership team participated in a panel discussion on diversity and inclusion in real estate, with a specific focus on construction and development. The Related Midwest team explored how the company is helping to transform the industry into being more inclusive, from creating a company-wide framework to working closely with local community members and organizations.

Vice Chairman Jeffrey Brodsky spoke about the company’s commitment to ensure that the benefits and results created from each project filter all the way down to the community level and help locals. To achieve this, the Related Midwest team has been developing and enacting best practices for decades offering career and wealth building opportunities and incorporating community members’ feedback in developments. Now, the team is developing a broader framework using these best practices that can be implemented by Related offices nationwide and provide benefits to more communities.

Senior Project Manager Yanet Garcia added more insights into how equity, diversity, and inclusion are being demonstrated at Related Midwest in tangible ways, especially within the contracting and hiring processes. Hire360, a platform co-founded by Related Midwest team members, provides career, business and educational resources to the Chicago community. A few of the platform’s goals are to hire from within the community, to provide ongoing career support and to help locals’ businesses access the resources they need to succeed. The program aims to help locals and their businesses become more competitive in the market and create more opportunities for communities that face higher barriers to entry. 

Director of Public Affairs Kiera Ellis discussed how the company strives to give community members a voice throughout the development process. Related Midwest’s Community Inclusion Council has brought together trade advocacy groups—such as Black Contractors United, U.S. Supplier Developers Council, and Asian Contractors United—with community leaders and business experts to advise the company on how to better implement diversity, equity and inclusion in their practices. The CIC has allowed the company to bridge the gap between the development side and community participation, providing an opportunity for locals to hold the company more accountable and to voice their opinions, which will affect the future of the industry and their city.

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March 11th, 2021 | London, UK | Affordable & Workforce Housing, Community

Pocket Living is providing a new route to homeownership for London locals

Pocket Living is one of our many exciting projects in London that is delivering affordable homes specifically for first-time homeowners. Pocket’s mission is to help the millions of young lower- to middle-income Londoners who are essential to the city’s economy, but cannot afford to buy a market rate home and don’t qualify for traditional affordable housing. Pocket Homes are sold at a 20% discount when compared to local prices, and eligible purchasers are defined by their income levels, as well as where they live and work. For example, only locals are qualified to buy Pocket Homes, meaning more locals will be able to live where they work. Pocket Homes remain affordable in perpetuity and are 100% owned by their buyers.

Supported by the Mayor of London and Homes England, Pocket Living is the UK’s only developer dedicated to building and selling affordable homes. At 38 square meters, each Pocket Home provides all the necessary design features for a first-time buyer to comfortably live and work in London. The one-bedroom design is divided into three separate rooms accessed from a hallway, featuring an open kitchen, large bedroom and a bathroom with a large walk-in shower. The homes also boast high ceilings and large full-height windows to maximize daylight and views of the city. Each home also has space for all the usual elements you’d desire—nothing folds out of the wall, and there’s no need to make a bed from the sofa every night. Additionally, Pocket buyers gain access to a like-minded community. Each Pocket community features shared spaces such as roof terraces, landscaped gardens and communal hubs where neighbors can get to know each other.

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March 8th, 2021 | New York, NY | Retail, City Centers

Shop or dine women-led or -owned businesses at Hudson Yards and 10% of your total will support Girls Inc.

The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards are proud to be home to many businesses that are led or owned by women, purveyors of everything from clothing to wellness, toys to jewelry, technology to beauty, and restaurants. And to honor those entrepreneurs, the neighborhood plans to extend the celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8th) for the entire month. Until March 31st, Hudson Yards will be donating the equivalent of 10% of the same-day receipts of participating stores to Girls Inc. of New York City, a non-profit organization focused on developing “the whole girl.” 

Girls Inc. serves girls ages 6 to 18 from diverse ethnic, racial and socio-economic backgrounds; 70% identify as girls of color and nearly 65% live in families with annual incomes of less than $30,000. Its trained professionals deliver research-based curricula and mentoring to help girls achieve academically—particularly in the STEM disciplines; lead healthy, active lives; manage money; and navigate media messages.

Hudson Yards will also be showcasing stories of the women behind its businesses on Instagram. Find more stories about the women of Hudson Yards.

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February 25th, 2021 | Nationwide | Affordable, Community

Related Management Company's affordable housing team shows commitment to compassion and community engagement

With a mission to provide high-quality homes and enriching communities for residents across the country, Related Management Company strives to lead by example when it comes to managing affordable housing with compassion. One of RMC’s goals is to preserve affordable residences for generations to come, ensuring that properties remain affordable and continue to reach Related’s high standards—whether by adding communal amenities like on-site technology centers or by providing after-school programs to kids and teens. Something that draws many employees to RMC is the chance to combine their desire to help people with the bounty of career development opportunities available within RMC.

One employee who has been dedicated to carrying out RMC’s mission since 2013 is Regional Vice President Nick Corcoran, who currently oversees 36 properties on the East Coast and manages four regional managers. Nick started at RMC as a community manager at Tall Oaks in Middletown, NY, but his hard work and devotion to residents was rewarded with promotions—first to regional manager, and then two years later, to regional vice president of Affordable East. Among the qualities Nick says RMC seeks out in applicants are an enthusiasm to provide stellar customer service, the drive to take ownership of a property in order to see its residents thrive and a background related to affordable housing. According to Nick, one of the best benefits that RMC offers employees is investing in their future development, such as offering educational classes that employees can take in-person or online, and internal training programs that can level up their careers. And the most rewarding aspect of Nick's job? Being able to partner with organizations like Meals on Wheels to assist elderly residents who have difficulty leaving their residences, or working with local banks to host financial management sessions that can help make a big difference in a family's finances.

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February 18th, 2021 | New York, NY | Community, Technology

Stephen Ross and Related support Cornell Tech’s new Urban Tech Hub, which aims to make cities more resilient

With a mission to find innovative solutions for the most pressing problems that our cities face, the new Urban Tech Hub at Cornell Tech’s Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute seeks to make our cities stronger, fairer and more resilient. Last year, the Urban Tech Hub launched with the support of a $15 million gift from Stephen Ross and Related, offering a new 2-year interdisciplinary program in urban tech. Among the projects that have emerged from the program so far are an interactive platform that will help digitize the educational campus experience, as well as a platform that uses machine learning, sensors and location data to guide visitors to safe, socially distanced restaurant seating. Read more about the program in the Cornell Chronicle.

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February 18th, 2021 | New York, NY | City Centers, Retail, Community

The Shops at Columbus Circle helps make wishes come true for local Make-A-Wish® child

The Shops at Columbus Circle have partnered with Make-A-Wish® Metro New York to grant a kid a VIP shopping spree. NYC local Aniyah’s wishes came true when she received a makeover and experienced an amazing day of shopping. On February 6th, Aniyah and her family received thousands of dollars in shopping credits and personalized experiences from many participating shops, including H&M, Amazon Books, Ted Baker, Lululemon, New York Running Company and Monica Rich Kossann. Aniyah’s shopping session was followed by skincare, makeup and hair tutorials sponsored by Sephora Studio, as well as $500 in store credits. Aniyah, her loved ones and her caretakers also enjoyed a celebratory lunch at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel’s Presidential Suite catered by Momofuku Noodle Bar, followed by private access to a hotel tour and gifts from the spa. To help benefit more wish children, spend $150 or more at any shop or restaurant at The Shops at Columbus Circle all month long and a $5 donation will be made to Make-A-Wish® Metro New York.

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February 16th, 2021 | London, UK | Affordable, City Centers, Construction

Construction begins on Tottenham Hale's fourth residential building

Argent Related has kicked off the next phase of construction on Tottenham Hale, a comprehensive mixed-use development in London that will offer over 1,000 new homes, retail, offices, a health center and green public spaces. Construction launched on Tottenham Hale's fourth residential building—known as the North Island building—which will include 136 new homes consisting of 80 affordable and 56 market rate residences, aimed at helping Londoners find high-quality homes in a city currently facing housing supply challenges. Argent Related has chosen HG Construction as the construction partner to develop North Island's homes, which will create 27 full-time equivalent (FTE) positions and offer apprenticeship opportunities so that locals can hone their skills and access new career opportunities. North Island will also feature beautiful, modern architecture thanks to internationally lauded firm Alford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM), as well as landscape architects Grants Associates, who will be planning the property's outdoor public spaces. Once Tottenham Hale's regeneration plan is complete, it will serve as an even more connected community for its residents, office workers and visitors, welcoming all Londoners to meet the neighborhood once again.

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February 9th, 2021 | London, UK | City Centers, Construction, Innovation

Brent Cross Town to employ future-forward sound and music framework for enhanced well-being

For the first time in a UK development, 180-acre mixed-use center Brent Cross Town will embody a holistic approach to sound and music design in order to create a positive aural environment for residents, workers and visitors. While most developments focus on reducing "bad noise," such as traffic sounds and other loud, disruptive noises, Brent Cross Town will additionally create opportunities for positive noise that can potentially yield better health results for people who are exposed to them. This sound strategy is also supported by recent scientific findings, such as a November 2019 health review conducted by the World Health Organization that reported listening to music can produce reduced stress levels, heightened moods and an improved ability to learn.

One such sound innovation at Brent Cross Town will be the strategic protection and amplification of natural sounds, such as bird songs and water sounds, throughout public spaces. These areas will also feature in-built digital and sustainable sound capabilities that can be used for broadcasting musical performances and can serve similar collaborative sound initiatives for the community. In the property's office buildings, stairwells will employ uplifting soundscapes to encourage people to use them, and employees will have access to multiple spaces that will use sound and music designated for activities like meditation and relaxation. Brent Cross' residences will also be planned with optimal auditory experiences in mind, with each home constructed with stellar acoustics and shared resident spaces featuring technology that will allow residents to livestream exercise classes, music lessons, meditation sessions and more.

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February 9th, 2021 | Los Angeles, CA | City Centers, Community, Construction

The Grand partners with PVJOBS to provide new career opportunities for local and at-risk communities

Mixed-use center The Grand nears its next construction milestone of topping off in early March, and some of the workers responsible for this progress have joined the team after receiving the unique opportunity to explore a new career. The Grand has partnered with Los Angeles non-profit organization PVJOBS, which has a mission to provide​ at-risk individuals—including those who are formerly incarcerated, ​single parents, welfare recipients and homeless—with job opportunities that can lead to lasting positive impacts on their lives and careers. A number of its construction team members have become part of the project as a result of this collaboration. Today, The Grand has exceeded its hiring commitment by employing a team that consists of 40% local residents and 10% who are classified as at-risk. We are proud to support those in the LA community who experience some of the highest barriers to employment, and to help fulfill PVJOBS' goals of increasing employment rates among those who are most at-risk.

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January 20th, 2021 | London, UK | City Centers, Office, Residential

Brent Cross Town’s walkable neighborhood will offer urban conveniences and workspaces in a sustainable, communal setting

North London’s 180-acre Brent Cross Town is combining some of the most coveted features of city living within a spacious and active new neighborhood. From thousands of homes to offices to restaurants and recreation, Brent Cross Town will offer invaluable community benefits all within walking distance. Known as a “15-minute city,” walkable urban centers are becoming one of the most popular development trends in Europe, as an increasing number of people are looking for places to live that are only walking distance from where they work, shop and relax. Set amid 50 acres of parks and green space, the neighborhood will also support lifestyles geared towards sports and the outdoors, encouraging residents to gather in communal areas and get to know their neighbors.

New renderings of Brent Cross Town’s office buildings reveal an eye towards innovation, work-life balance and sustainability. Architecture firms Studio Egret West, HawkinsBrown and shedkm have released design plans that favor low-carbon construction using timber and zero carbon heating systems, with a community-wide goal to reach net zero carbon by 2030. One of the major draws for the estimated 25,000 future workers of Brent Cross Town will be the potential to achieve a higher quality of life than ever before, as they’ll have access to plenty of shared spaces for collaboration, training and events, as well as multiple dining, shopping and exercise options only steps away. Workers will also be close to the new rail station at Brent Cross West, which can reach central London in only 12 minutes, making the neighborhood even more convenient for commuters.

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January 13th, 2021 | Nationwide | Affordable, Community

Related Management Company partners with Esusu Rent to help residents take charge of their financial futures

In a move to help residents better understand and manage their financial health, Related Management Company has partnered with Esusu Rent to offer a free program available to residents at many affordable properties. Esusu is a Minority Business Enterprise with a mission to help more working families access and keep their housing and to use big data to reduce housing inequality across the country. Esusu’s program records residents’ rent payments and then sends their history to credit bureaus, which assists families in establishing and building their credit and can help improve their credit scores in as little as three months. Residents can learn more about Esusu and how the program works here.

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January 13th, 2021 | Nationwide | Affordable, Community

Related residents gain access to free Rainbow program library featuring enriching services for the whole family

Related Management Company and Rainbow have joined forces to provide a range of free services to enhance residents’ lives and support their families. Available at many affordable properties, Rainbow’s library of award-winning initiatives cover areas such as education, social engagement, career development and technology training. The programs range from offering vital services like emergency financial assistance to after-school programs to job training programs, connecting residents to services that have been designed to have a lasting impact and to strengthen ties to their local communities. Residents can learn more here when Rainbow launches their web portal or by speaking directly with a Resident Services Coordinator by calling (888) 299-8915.

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January 5th, 2021 | New York, NY | City Centers, Community

Sing for Hope Pianos and performances bring New Year's cheer to Hudson Yards

Pianos are bringing the sounds of joy to Hudson Yards this winter, filling its halls with music. Made possible by a partnership between SAP, Hudson Yards and non-profit Sing for Hope, each of the seven pianos has been uniquely decorated by local artists, including Annica Lydenberg of Dirty Bandits, a HYxOffTheWall artist alumna. The pianos are available for any visitor to play, as well as for surprise shows by Juilliard-trained musicians and Broadway performers. Learn more about Sing for Hope Pianos here or reserve your own socially-distanced play time here.

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January 1st, 2021 | New York, NY | City Centers, Office, Art & Culture

Moynihan Train Hall opens to the public and unveils best-in-class art exhibitions

Moynihan Train Hall, the long-awaited extension to Penn Station, has opened its doors to travelers and revealed three NYC-themed blue chip art installations to enliven daily commutes. Along one wall, Kehinde Wiley's Go (2020) presents a hand-painted glass triptych of young Black breakdancers, including visual references to Michelangelo's Creation of Adam in the Sistine Chapel. Then there is Stan Douglas' Penn Station’s Half Century (2020), a series of large photographic panels depicting recreations of notable and intimate moments at Penn Station through the ages. The third installation is The Hive by Elmgreen & Dragset, a gravity-defying block of 91 upside-down skyscrapers that collectively weigh 30,000 pounds and feature 72,000 tiny sparkling LED lights. We are proud to have been part of the re-development efforts of this great New York City landmark and a transformation that celebrates the legacy of the original Penn Station.

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December 15th, 2020 | Dayton, OH | Affordable, Construction

The Biltmore undergoes renovations to enhance residents' lives and preserve historic architecture

Once known as The Biltmore, the majestic hotel first opened in 1929 in Dayton, OH, and was converted to affordable senior housing in 1981. Today, Related is renovating The Biltmore to provide upgraded amenities for our senior residents, to make building improvements focused on environmental sustainability and to preserve historic details of its classic architectural style. Related has ensured that the renovation process won't displace any residents and that The Biltmore will be protected as a Beaux-Arts-style landmark for years to come.