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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.