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October 4th, 2021 | London, UK | Affordable and Workforce Housing, Community

Pocket Living’s award-winning Mapleton Crescent combines spacious design with a communal atmosphere

In London’s southwestern Wandsworth neighborhood, Pocket Living’s Mapleton Crescent development gives locals the chance to own an affordable home that also demonstrates high design. Mapleton Crescent offers 53 one-bedroom homes available only to qualified first-time local buyers and 36 two- and three-bedroom market rate Pocket Edition homes. Designed by architecture firm Metropolitan Workshop, the 27-story building has a striking turquoise terracotta exterior and a distinctive triangular core, and has won multiple awards for both its design and social impact.

When residents first walk inside, they pass through an elegant double-height lobby with adjoining areas for mail, package storage and workspaces with comfortable seating. Dedicated bike storage, kit lockers and a bike repair area give residents peace of mind that they will always have a safe space for their rides. Additional communal spaces include an indoor residents’ lounge featuring a workspace with high-speed internet that overlooks the River Wandle, as well as a landscaped rooftop on the 23rd floor with expansive views across the entire city. Whether residents seek to work in Mapleton Crescent’s cozy nooks or invite friends up to the rooftop to watch the sunset, they have plenty of chances to meet and get to know one another in a place they can be proud to call home.

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September 29th, 2021 | Chicago, IL | Affordable and Workforce Housing, Community

Related Midwest summer intern introduces Michelle Obama at The Obama Presidential Center groundbreaking

On September 28th, The Obama Presidential Center broke ground on the South Side of Chicago and was commemorated by a ceremony attended by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama. Introducing Mrs. Obama was Related Midwest’s 2021 summer intern Zell Wilson, who interned through Chicago Architecture Center’s Teen Fellow Program that supports young people interested in architecture to get involved. Related is proud of Ms. Wilson and her many achievements. Watch the video to see her remarks as she introduces Mrs. Obama, celebrating The Obama Presidential Center’s milestone as it grows one step closer to introducing a world-class museum and public gathering space to Chicago.

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September 21st, 2021 | New York, NY | Residential, Condominiums, Architecture and Design

The Cortland on West Chelsea’s waterfront reveals hand-crafted interiors designed by Olson Kundig

Launching sales later this year, The Cortland will introduce 144 condominium residences on West Chelsea’s waterfront, representing a new collaboration between notable architecture and design firms Robert A.M. Stern Architects and Olson Kundig. Located at 555 West 22nd Street across from Hudson River Park, The Cortland evokes Chelsea’s unique industrial identity with a façade incorporating limestone, brick and metal details. The development represents Seattle-based Olson Kundig’s first multi-family residential project in New York City, applying the firm’s refined yet spirited style to the residence’s interiors. Olson Kundig’s commitment to using hand-crafted and tactile details adds a welcoming spirit to the lobby, common areas and each residence, which range from studios to five-bedroom homes, in addition to a penthouses. Within each home, generously high ceilings meet open plan layouts and a warm, natural color palette to enhance residents’ comfort and allow in maximal sunlight.

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September 13th, 2021 | Chicago, IL | Affordable & Workforce Housing, Community

After School Matters Students to Add Public Art to Parkway Gardens

Teenagers living at Parkway Gardens will leave their mark this summer thanks to an upcoming onsite mural project in partnership with After School Matters. The project resulted in three colorful murals, which will soon be installed on South Martin Luther King Drive.

After School Matters’ #BeautifyYourCommunity mural program directed 10 high school students and a chaperone to create the murals collaboratively through technical skill development and teamwork, as well as providing them with trips to downtown Chicago. Art exercises conducted by program leaders in the first two weeks of the program helped teenagers gain the expertise and confidence needed to sketch, paint and complete the murals.

The three murals, titled “Positive Productivity,” were designed by local artist Erick “ROHO” Garcia to represent growth and optimism. “The silhouette of trees arranged throughout the design represent the beauty of nature,” Garcia wrote in his artistic statement, “and are symbols of individual growth as well as growth in the community.”

The Related Affordable Foundation supported the creation of “Positive Productivity” with a grant to After School Matters. After School Matters is a Chicago-based nonprofit whose mission is to help Chicago public high school students explore and develop their talents through safe and supportive activities outside of school. After School Matters programs include sports, STEM, journalism and career programming. The Related Affordable Foundation has also collaborated with After School Matters at Parkway Gardens on the Peacemakers program, which empowers Chicago students to fight violence and build community where they live by designing and carrying out service projects to meet their neighbors’ needs.

Parkway Gardens residents received a sneak preview of the murals at the End-of-Summer Celebration held on August 27. Along with the mural preview, residents enjoyed games, took advantage of COVID-19 testing and vaccinations, and learned about After School Matters’ fall programs at Parkway Gardens.

The murals will be installed this fall.

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September 9th, 2021 | West Palm Beach, FL | Our Company, Real Estate Development, Community

Related Southeast is ushering in a new era of placemaking and community connections in South Florida

For more than 20 years, Related Southeast has been committed to developing vibrant neighborhoods in South Florida. Headquartered in West Palm Beach, the team is dedicated to honoring the culture of existing communities while creating properties that make it even easier for people to stay connected. Related Southeast’s driving vision is to use the team’s industry expertise and resources to develop thriving, centrally located neighborhoods that are rich in culture and conveniences. By incorporating ethical policies, sustainable building practices and ongoing community outreach and contributions, Related Southeast strives to reflect the highest standard of business practices and contribute positively to the larger South Florida ecosystem. Keep reading to learn more about some of Related Southeast’s properties.

Since 2000, Rosemary Square has served downtown West Palm Beach as a culturally-rich meeting place featuring shops, restaurants, offices, residences, entertainment spaces and a hotel. Rosemary Square highlights culture and art prominently in the form of physical installations, like large interactive sculptures The Wishing Tree and Water Pavilion West Palm, as well as ongoing programming like weekly live music nights, art classes that benefit local non-profits and the rotating New Wave Artist-in-Residence program where visitors can watch artists create in real-time. Over the past year, a number of new restaurants have opened, including environmentally-conscious eateries True Food Kitchen, Planta and Pura Vida, as well as stores like lululemon, West Elm, Urban Outfitters and electric car purveyor Lucid Motors. One exciting opening was for one-of-a-kind children’s bookstore Rohi’s Readery, which is committed to empowering and educating visitors about inclusivity and diversity with a unique selection of books, in-store resources and family-friendly programming. New program Rosemary Square Rewards was also launched, which encourages visitors to support local shops and restaurants in the Square with an app that provides rewards and benefits with every eligible purchase.

Adjacent to Rosemary Square is Hilton West Palm Beach, a 400-room tropical home away from home that is also linked to the Palm Beach County Convention Center. The hotel’s resort-style pool is a major draw for visitors and it also hosts ongoing programming and activities, including weekly fitness classes that are open to the public. The hotel has also teamed up with Rosemary Square to offer District Fit, a multi-day wellness festival that includes fitness classes, nutritional talks with leading chefs and more. Whether dining at Galley—the hotel’s full-service restaurant—or attending a wedding or event, guests can experience executive chef Guillermo P. Eleicegui’s classic yet internationally inspired cuisine with a focus on grilled specialties. This year, Galley is hosting a monthly series led by Chef Guillermo called Parrilla con Amigos (Grilling With Friends), where guests receive 7 curated courses, live music and an interactive dining experience with chef Eleicegui. Over the past year, the team at Hilton West Palm Beach has also remained committed to supporting the West Palm Beach community, including volunteering with Feed South Florida to feed over 40,000 families, donating 500 masks to non-profit Quantum House, organizing a blood drive in partnership with OneBlood and curating and distributing care packages for Hilton team members.

Within the Rosemary Square neighborhood, new Class A office building 360 Rosemary has officially opened its doors this year and is now welcoming its first tenants. Yinka Shonibare’s large-scale undulating sculpture Material (SG) II greets visitors in front of the building, signaling the importance of world-class artwork to visually inspire. Inside, the state-of-the-art LEED Gold CS building combines cutting-edge technology with wellness features, sustainable design and plenty of open, communal spaces. Everything from contactless entry and anti-microbial architectural features to noise isolation technology has been implemented to ensure that workers will feel comfortable and experience elevated standards of wellness. Outdoor areas make up over 10,000 square feet of 360 Rosemary, including two plant-filled landscaped terraces that provide room for workers to get fresh air and connect with colleagues. 5G data services are supported throughout the building, as well as high-speed destination dispatch elevators, and a 100% generator backup provides uninterrupted services even in the event of an outage. Only steps away from all that Rosemary Square has to offer and plenty of transportation options, including Virgin Trains’ high-speed rail service, 360 Rosemary allows easy access to the best of downtown West Palm Beach and beyond.

Related Southeast has added to its growing Class-A office portfolio with the recent additions of Phillips Point, a 455,000-square-foot tower with 270-degree panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Intracoastal Waterway and the Island of Palm Beach; Esperanté Corporate Center, one of the area’s premier commercial properties; and CityPlace Tower, a 300,000-square-foot building that Related originally purchased and developed nearly 12 years ago. This fall, Related Southeast will be breaking ground on 1 Flagler, a 25-story Class-A office tower designed by world-renowned architect David Childs & SOM that will include 250,000 square feet of office space and 15,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space, and is expected to be completed in late 2023.

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August 25th, 2021 | London, UK | City Centers, Community, Sustainability

Brent Cross Town is creating a lush “park town” for future London

As parks and open outdoor spaces have become more important now than ever for city dwellers, Brent Cross Town is shepherding in a greener future of living and working for the thousands of London residents. Sporting plans for 6,700 homes, spaces for 25,000 office workers and over 50 acres of parks and playing fields, the new development will create ample areas for the entire North London community to come together. Brent Cross Town is designed to resemble a “15-minute town” where everything you need is only a short walk away, including a cinema, daycare, restaurants, retail and a convenient new rail station at Brent Cross West that quickly connects to central London. The community’s inherently walkable layout is connected to eight public squares, and the abundance of outdoor spaces will be complemented by up to 150,000 square feet of indoor facilities designed to accommodate sports and recreation. Additionally, the Brent Cross Town team seeks to include and cater to more diverse perspectives from development onward, forging partnerships with groups such as Women in Sport to ensure that indoor and outdoor spaces will be friendly to everyone—no matter their gender, age or fitness level.

Brent Cross Town’s heavy focus on green spaces and strong environmental commitments not only provide benefits to the surrounding community, but also to the planet. By signing the World Green Building Council’s net zero carbon buildings commitment, Brent Cross Town will share its carbon footprint publicly to support the fight against climate change. The development is moving forward with a pledge to go zero net carbon by 2030 at the latest, which is 20 years ahead of the UK’s target date. This goal will be accomplished with innovative solutions such as low-carbon construction, renewable energy sources and carbon offsetting schemes. Each plot of land part of Brent Cross Town will also undergo a rigorous life cycle analysis in order to determine its overall carbon footprint, along with concrete ways to reduce it. When it comes to sustainable materials, the office buildings at Brent Cross Town aim to incorporate CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber) which creates less waste during the construction process that makes buildings more fire-resistant and lowers stress for workers with its visual connection to the natural world. By investigating all the technologies and solutions currently available, as well as the ones yet to be discovered, the team behind Brent Cross Town is dedicated to exploring the best ways to create a more sustainable and inclusive neighborhood for all.

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August 17th, 2021 | New York, NY | Residential, Luxury Condominiums, Architecture and Design

West Chelsea’s Lantern House condos bring together artistic design details, enviable outdoor spaces and an exclusive amenity collection

Integrated amidst New York City’s beloved High Line park and only steps away from the waterfront, Lantern House stands as a testament to high-design and luxurious living in West Chelsea. The 180-unit condominium residence has one of the most unique façades in the neighborhood, designed by renowned Heatherwick Studios to include custom masonry with hand-laid bricks and the firm’s instantly recognizable modern interpretation of double bay windows. Residents get the benefit of exquisite natural light filtering in from these unique windows, as well as enhanced views of the city that create a three-dimensional effect in every room. With lush vistas and easy access to the High Line, Hudson River Park, Little Island and more, Lantern House blurs the line between indoor and outdoor living and incorporates the industrial yet bold spirit of the neighborhood.

Inside Lantern House, everything from the ornate lobby entrance to the lavish interior design details reflects March and White Design’s refined yet relaxed vision of home. Ranging from one-bedroom to four-bedrooms, each home contains a warm and inviting color palette that welcomes residents and complements the exterior’s architecture. Residents can choose from either caramel or cocoa stains for their oak wood flooring and cabinetry throughout, which include contrasting bronze accents that add depth to the overall design. The alluring textures showcased in key elements such as the herringbone flooring (in select homes), fluted oak cabinetry and polished marble not only add beauty to each residence, but they also play off of the ample sunlight and lighting fixtures, no matter the time of day. Additionally, the penthouse collection residences include fireplaces, full-height corner bay windows and private terraces with nearly 360-degree views of the city.

Whether Lantern House residents seek energizing or calming experiences, they don’t need to venture far—over 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenity spaces create a wealth of possibilities. Between the property’s two buildings and nestled underneath the High Line, a unique private landscaped park known as the “secret garden” provides an ideal respite any time of the day. The park was curated by Hollander Design and features plenty of plants, seating and tables for relaxation and gathering. 22 floors up, the sun-drenched roofdeck features eastern views of the city, a fire pit, a barbecue area and more for charming guests or for enjoying solo. With state-of-the-art equipment curated by Equinox, the fitness center includes a private Pilates room, floor-to-ceiling mirrors and tubular wall lights selected to supply ideal visibility while working out. The 75-foot indoor pool is situated in a double-height space featuring plentiful natural light, including a sauna, shower and private yoga and meditation room. For kids, there is the fully-stocked playroom and adjoining terrace, and for adults, the game room comes complete with a pool table, foosball table, billiards, shuffleboard and private theater. To wind down, the chic library lounge welcomes residents with its cozy fireplace and the dining suite with bar allows for enhanced entertaining and events.

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August 10th, 2021 | Texas | Affordable & Workforce Housing, Community

Related partners with Rainbow to offer on-site health and wellness services to senior residents in affordable communities

With a goal to add additional support for senior residents, Related has entered a partnership with Rainbow Housing Assistance Corporation, a non-profit organization that offers award-winning services to residents in affordable communities throughout the country. Related residents in the Ridgewood and Pineview affordable senior communities located in The Woodlands, Texas will receive access to Rainbow’s health and wellness services and programming at no cost. Residents can use an extensive library of supportive services and programs, which Rainbow has customized according to each community’s needs. 

Rainbow’s programs are designed to help seniors stay healthy and socially engaged, focusing on key areas like providing medical resources, exercise regimens, computer training, financial literacy and plenty of opportunities to socialize. To help keep residents connected no matter their lifestyle, programs are offered via live and recorded webinars, in-person workshops and through the Senior Circle focus group. When Ridgewood and Pineview residents need additional support, they can also call Rainbow’s national call center or use the organization’s referral network to take advantage of internal and partner resources, such as faith-based organizations and transportation options. Interactive reading groups featuring industry volunteers also provide residents the opportunity to stay engaged. Using any internet-connected device, residents can also check Rainbow’s online calendar and mobile app to sign up for classes and workshops and to learn more about what’s happening within their communities.

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August 2nd, 2021 | Nationwide | Affordable & Workforce Housing, Our Company

Related provides residents access to Starry’s dependable high-speed internet service at a low monthly cost

As internet access is more important now than ever, Related seeks to provide reliable high-speed internet services in properties nationwide. Since 2018, Related has partnered with Starry to offer the company’s notoriously fast broadband internet to residents of select affordable buildings in cities where the service is offered. Starry is currently available in Related communities located in Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Washington D.C. and Boston, with more cities on the horizon. 

Starry’s innovative technology differentiates their service and allows them to provide internet speeds that are five times as fast as wired internet providers. Their internet service remains consistent even at peak hours, potentially powering up to 60 devices at a time. Using less hardware than other providers, one small Starry antenna can provide internet service to an entire neighborhood by beaming the signal to each building’s individual receiver, which is designed specifically according to the building’s size. Related consistently seeks partnerships with companies that not only develop innovative technologies, but that enhance residents’ lives on a daily basis. Because many lower-income residents face challenges when it comes to being able to afford broadband internet or to choose their provider, the partnership with Starry represents a new opportunity for residents.

Starry participates in the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program, launched by the FCC to assist families experiencing financial hardship due to the pandemic by helping them pay for internet access.

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July 29th, 2021 | Nationwide | Affordable & Workforce Housing, Community, Our Company

Related and CareMax partner to develop senior health centers in underserved communities

Related is happy to announce an important partnership with CareMax, a healthcare provider focused on delivering inclusive best-in-class service to patients, providers and health plan partners. CareMax is pioneering new healthcare business models based on monthly subscriptions paid by Medicaid and Medicare, rather than fees charged by individual clinician offices, hospitals and clinics. With a goal to open healthcare centers in new cities beyond what is currently offered, such as New York, California, Texas, Ohio and other states, the partnership with CareMax will allow more seniors across the country with easier access to high-quality healthcare and comprehensive wellness services.

“At Related, we aspire to innovate ways to enhance the quality of life for all of our residents and the communities we serve,” said Bryan Cho, executive vice president at Related Companies. “Quality healthcare is essential for all communities to thrive. We chose CareMax as a partner to help expand their reach because their fully integrated model is uniquely positioned to address the systemic issue many low-income seniors face.”

Two of CareMax’s first healthcare centers in partnership with Related will be located in the Bronx and Queens in NYC, which will occupy 5,000 square feet and 8,500 square feet, respectively. Each healthcare center will offer primary care, specialist physicians and dentistry, as well as services like wellness classes and social activities. CareMax intends to provide patients better healthcare services at a lower cost and more efficiently, naming their approach "Whole Person Health.” This holistic perspective covers not only physical health, but mental health and social needs. By providing benefits like transportation, virtual care and home visits, CareMax is helping to remove healthcare barriers for underserved seniors, and Related is proud to partner with them on this mission.

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July 21st, 2021 | Boston, MA | City Centers, Retail, Office, Residential

Channelside embraces Boston’s past and heralds a new future with offices, shops, residences, parks and more

Rising up on the banks of the Fort Point Channel in Boston, Channelside will serve as a waterfront community offering something for everyone. Once completed, the development will span 1.1 million square feet, featuring 735,000 square feet of office and life science space, 50,000 square feet of retail and dining options, spacious and modern residences, more than 3 acres of open space and direct access to the scenic Boston Harborwalk. Channelside brings together diverse facets of urban living within a convenient one-stop destination, making it possible for workers, residents and visitors to easily explore what the community has to offer—from beloved local eateries like Flour Bakery to inspiring programming featuring art, music and fitness all year long. The 24-hour neighborhood accommodates everything from breakfast with friends to late-night strolls on the waterfront, and Channelside’s integrated open green spaces help connect people to nature within a bike-friendly and pedestrian-focused environment. With an eye towards the future of the city, Channelside has also enhanced the property’s waterfront access with a new landscaped berm, providing additional resiliency in the face of climate change.

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July 7th, 2021 | Nationwide | Community, Our Company

Related Pride Group supports Pride Month with events for LGBTQIA+ employees and youth

Within our company, the Related Pride Group is proud to serve as the internal advocate for LGBTQIA+ employees, acting as a resource, sounding board and community for Related employees. During the final week of Pride Month, Related Pride hosted two events in support of LGBTQIA+ rights and LGBTQIA+ youth to increase employee awareness and benefit the local community. On June 23rd, Related Pride and Family Equality—a non-profit dedicated to advancing legal equality for LGBTQIA+ families—hosted a hybrid virtual and in-person discussion at 30 Hudson Yards on discrimination faced by LGBTQIA+ families in the family planning and foster care systems. Then on June 25th, Related Pride partnered with the Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI)—an organization with the mission of providing services to LGBTQIA+ youth in need of support—for its first-ever volunteer event.

The first Pride event hosted in partnership with Family Equality featured a discussion led by Emily McGranachan, Family Equality’s director of corporate and foundation relations. Joining Emily was Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in the 2015 landmark Supreme Court Case Obergefell vs. Hodges, which resulted in the legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States. Jim spoke to attendees about his own personal experiences with the Supreme Court and about the historic judicial decision that granted the long-awaited right to many LGBTQIA+ couples. The discussion helped spread awareness about some of the issues faced by the LGBTQIA+ community, including how families are oftentimes denied the right to adopt children because of their sexuality.

At the second Pride event, Related Pride joined HMI’s first Grab and Go Pride Parade at their headquarters, located at Harvey Milk High School. Related and Coach volunteers came together to provide much-needed materials to LGBTQIA+ youth during the kickoff of Pride Weekend. In addition to a donation from the Related Companies to HMI, Related volunteers handed out apparel and other necessities to attendees, including wallets, backpacks, purses and briefcases donated by Coach. Related Pride and its volunteers were pleased to support HMI’s mission of supporting safe and supportive environments for LGBTQIA+ youth.

 
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July 7th, 2021 | Minneapolis, MN | Affordable & Workforce Housing, Community, Our Company

Renovating an affordable jewel in the heart of downtown Minneapolis

In April 2021, Related closed on the preservation of Loring Towers, a 230-unit affordable housing property in downtown Minneapolis. The development is located only steps away from shopping, dining and transportation, as well as nearby Loring Park. With significant renovations already underway, Loring Towers will offer residents a greatly improved living experience once they are completed. Each apartment will receive a new kitchen and bathroom fixtures, as well as new flooring and lighting, and 12 units will be renovated to become ADA-accessible. Common areas will also be improved, and residents will have access to a brand new fitness center and free WiFi throughout the building. Resident programming, such as cooking classes and visits from volunteers in the community, will offer enriching experiences and a regular schedule of activities. In addition to improving residents’ lives, the surrounding neighborhood and community have also experienced positive changes resulting from the renovations. Related team members worked with community members, such as local church members, neighborhood leaders and police, to enhance resident safety and support with services like in-building security. Today, the residents benefit from feeling more secure and having a safer home for years to come.

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July 1st, 2021 | New York, NY | Affordable Housing, Community, Our Company

Breaking a world record to benefit veterans

Luke Forelle, an associate in the Affordable group, will attempt to break a world record by running across Iceland starting on July 5th to raise funds and awareness for Homes for our Troops (HFOT). Luke and his running partner will attempt to run approximately 60 miles a day for a total of 435 miles.

Homes for our Troops (HFOT) is a non-profit organization dedicated to building and donating specially adapted, custom homes nationwide for the most severely injured veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. To date, the group has helped hundreds of veterans by providing homes that are safe, adaptive and easily accessible at zero cost to the veteran. One veteran helped by HFOT was Luke’s fellow Marine, Corporal Garrett Carnes, who was seriously injured by an IED during their deployment to Afghanistan. 

More than 100 veterans still await entry into the HFOT program, and Luke’s goal is to raise $25,000 to directly benefit his fellow service members in need. From June 8th through July 30th, Related will provide a double match on all employee donations made to HFOT in support of Luke’s efforts. We are proud to support Luke on his journey and to support veterans in need.

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June 30th, 2021 | New York, NY | City Centers, Retail, Community

Holi festival raises funds for India at Hudson Yards

On June 20th, The Shops and Restaurants at Hudson Yards hosted an event, Color for India, in partnership with The Culture Tree and The India Center Foundation to raise funds for COVID relief in India, while also celebrating Holi, the Indian spring festival of colors. Color For India was a family event, featuring performances and workshops to celebrate the colorful festival of Holi.

The festival included a puppet show, Colors of Krishna’s Love, which brought Krisha to life to tell a popular story associated with Holi, as the festival has its roots in ancient Indian mythology. Lord Krishna loves to have fun with his friends and family. In the show, he celebrated Holi by throwing colored powder on others, sharing love and laughter. The audience learned the story of Holi and also how it is celebrated. 

Holi is the perfect festival to celebrate new beginnings, while incorporating themes of diversity and inclusion. Dance performances and workshops in the festival included a free event featuring creative movement and celebratory music inspired by Holi. Classical, folk and Bollywood dance elements were incorporated into choreography suitable for people of all ages and backgrounds. 

As India is facing one of the world’s worst Coronavirus crises, Color for India acted as a platform to raise money for COVID-19 relief. 6 Indian-American children are helping with this initiative, the Akanksha Education Fund, which we are currently fundraising for. Support the cause and make your donation today.

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June 29th, 2021 | New York, NY | Community, Our Company

Related Pride supports LGBTQ+ youth

On June 25th, several Related employees volunteered at Hetrick-Martin Institute’s (HMI) Grab and Go Pride Party for LGBTQ+ youth in celebration of Pride Month. Related volunteers decorated the space and managed one of the designated rooms to help give away backpacks, purses, accessories, food, Pride t-shirts and Related swag. HMI is the nation's largest and oldest LGBTQ+ youth service organization dedicated to creating communities, connecting youth and changing systems of care. The organization provides services ranging from homeless youth outreach to providing programs on topics like Arts & Culture and Health & Wellness. Related’s Pride team is proud to contribute to the important and affirming work that HMI is doing to uplift LGBTQ+ youth.

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June 24th, 2021 | West Palm Beach, FL | City Centers, Retail, Community

Social justice-driven children’s bookstore Rohi’s Readery celebrates grand opening at Rosemary Square

From June 18th-20th, children’s bookstore Rohi’s Readery commemorated its grand opening with a weekend of family-friendly events at Rosemary Square. Pranati "Pranoo" Kumar founded the shop to teach critical literacy on social justice issues and to help uplift the stories of historically marginalized people represented in Black and Brown, LGBTQIA+, disabled and immigrant communities. Kumar hopes to further conversations around social justice and to educate the public with in-store programming and a future campus resource hub. One of the ongoing events she hosts with Rohi’s Readery is “Revolutionary Storytime,” a family read-along featuring non-fiction books that promote diversity and tell inspiring true stories about community members. By providing an intentionally inclusive communal space that connects people to critical literacy resources and workshops that they otherwise may not have access to, Rohi’s Readery aims to help children and their families shape a more equitable future.

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June 15th, 2021 | New York, NY | City Centers, Retail, Entertainment

The lush green spaces at Hudson Yards

by Jessica Dailey

Get outside at Hudson Yards

New York City is known just as much for its iconic architecture as it is for its delightful and unexpected landscape. Pockets of gardens that sprouted from city blocks, old piers and railways have been transformed into vibrant oases like the forest that grows in the middle of Brooklyn.

But to experience some of the city’s most innovative and enchanting parks, spend a day in the West Side neighborhood, where you’ll find a network of groves and plazas threaded through the streetscape like a ribbon of green jewels waiting to be discovered.

The verdant outdoor spaces in and around Hudson Yards are a lush urban green space, offering not only an abundance of natural beauty, but engaging public art, the city’s newest landmark, community events and so much more.

Innovative design

Some of the most celebrated names in landscape design have created the parks of Manhattan’s West Side neighborhoods. James Corner Field Operations led the design and construction of the High Line, Michael Van Valkenburgh, Inc. concocted the masterplan for Hudson Boulevard Park, Heatherwick Studio worked with Mathews Nielsen to create the whimsical Little Island and Nelson Byrd Woltz devised Hudson Yards’ Public Square and Gardens that has quickly become a nexus of culture and community.

All deployed innovative and unexpected technologies to make these green spaces flourish in the most unlikely of locations. Hudson Yards is home to NYC’s “smartest park.” It was built over an active railyard and feature specially designed soil beds that allow large tree roots to grow horizontally, a 60,000 gallon rainwater collection tank to irrigate plants and a network of cooling tubes to keep the plants happy even as the structure beneath reaches 150 degrees. Meanwhile, Little Island floats above the Hudson River on a bouquet-like cluster of tulip-shaped columns that hold a wonderland of flowers, trees and grassy lawns. The undulating 2.4-acre landscape features meandering pathways that gently climb to a hilltop with knock-out views from the Statue of Liberty to the Empire State Building.

Flora for all the seasons

In the Public Square and Gardens, there are more than 28,000 plants and 150 mature trees. The result is a lush landscape that offers something different every season.

A rainbow of tulips welcomes spring each year, followed by a bouquet of blooms throughout the season: pansies and pink Okamé Cherry Blossoms, white azaleas and the fuchsia Spilled-Wine Weigela. Summer brings wildflowers like echinacea, purple Stacey’s hummelo and black-eyed susans, along with show-stopping blooms on 700 hydrangeas.

Come fall, watch as the trees change colors: river birches turn gold, red twig dogwoods go scarlet, oaks become terracotta and hickories bring a vibrant yellow. When the leaves drop, string lights get wrapped around each tree, turning the square into a sparkling winter wonderland dotted with evergreens.

A rotating display of public art

Murals abound inside and out at Hudson Yards, with two spaces in the Square often featuring large-scale paintings. Elle Street Art took over a wall along 11th Avenue with a colorful vision of empowered women, while Key Detail (who happens to live at Hudson Yards) [CK1] created a mural that celebrates the neighborhood.

Just adjacent to the Public Square is the High Line Spur, a section of the park that cuts through a passage at 10 Hudson Yards, where monumental contemporary art sculptures hold court over the city for 18 months.

There’s also a multitude of venues in the neighborhood to enjoy a play or concert en plein air: The Shed puts on seasonal outdoor performances in Hudson Yards’ Public Square & Gardens, while Little Island offers both a 687-seat amphitheater and swooping plaza that’s just begging for a dance ensemble.

New York’s interactive landmark

Anchoring the Gardens is another design marvel: Vessel, the 150-foot-tall centerpiece of Hudson Yards, designed by architect Heatherwick Studio. Featuring 154 interconnected staircases and 80 landings, the honeycomb-shaped structure offers varying views and perspectives on the parks and surrounding cityscape. It’s a social hub and must-see landmark.

Since opening in 2019, Vessel has become an international attraction and irresistible Instagram fodder. The underside features a gleaming copper-colored steel that reflects the activity above and below, creating an interactive experience for visitors and viewers.

Fun for the kids 

No park is complete without a playground, and the West End’s does not disappoint. Located in Bella Abzug Park—named for the late feminist, civil rights activist, and U.S. Representative—the play area features a climbing dome packed with challenging rope sections to keep little ones entertained for hours and oversized circular benches perfect for picnics. There are also three water features and talk tubes. Canopies provide shade and a squishy, purple checkerboard floor surface provides a cushy landing pad underfoot.

While the Alice in Wonderland-like landscape of Little Island is enough to delight kids of any age, the park adds an extra dose of magic with a mobile art cart, climbable boulder scrambles and a dedicated stage tucked away in The Glade, for story time, artists events and more.

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

East London’s Harbard Close presents modern, sustainable homes to first-time buyers at an affordable price

In East London’s thriving Barking neighborhood, Harbard Close IG11 has introduced 78 one-bedroom homes that are exclusively available to local workers and residents who qualify as first-time homeowners. The brand new residences come at a 20% discount when compared to market rate apartments, which is an intentional part of UK developer Pocket Living’s mission—to help more young professionals stay in London who otherwise could not afford to. Each home comes with perks like big windows, a fully-equipped kitchen with built-in appliances and fiber broadband wiring for fast internet speeds. Every move-in ready Pocket home also benefits from being part of a connected community of like-minded residents, gaining access to shared areas like communal garden beds, a multi-purpose garden room and outdoor game and dining areas where people can get to know their neighbors. 

One of the most compelling aspects of Pocket Living developments like Harbard Close is the intention to provide future-proofed buildings that will ultimately contribute to more sustainable neighborhoods and cities. From using modular construction techniques that cut down on construction waste and community disruption to working with emerging architecture practices that allow for more creative building solutions, Pocket Living is committed to delivering homes that are built to last and that contribute less greenhouse gases. Each residence at Harbard Close features Earth-friendly design choices like LED lighting, thermally-efficient windows and electric heating systems with built-in digital thermostats, helping residents save money on utility bills while reducing their environmental footprints. The building includes a bike storage room with secure and covered access, which facilitates greener and healthier commutes, as well as solar panels that generate power for communal spaces. In outdoor areas, soft landscaping techniques provide ecological benefits like improved soil management, pest control and native plant integration. Only a short walk to Barking’s town center and steps away from multiple public transit options, Harbard Close also makes it easy for residents to get around without a car, whether it’s exploring their neighborhood on foot or quickly traveling to the other side of the city.

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May 17th, 2021 | Boston, MA | Residential, Luxury Rentals

The Harris begins leasing artfully-inspired residences in Boston’s historic South End

The Harris has begun leasing its 172 residences in one of Boston’s most culturally significant neighborhoods, offering a range from spacious studios to three-bedroom homes. Designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects and interiors by Meyer Davis, The Harris presents a sophisticated residence as architecturally notable and eye-catching it is comfortable. Residences feature touches like floor-to-ceiling windows, high-end appliances, custom oak cabinetry and flexible floor plans, allowing residents to shape their homes to meet their lifestyles.

Whether staying in top physical shape or hosting a dinner for out-of-town friends and family, The Harris accommodates residents’ needs with ease. 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenity spaces include reservable dining areas; Boston’s first Dog City pet spa; an extensive rooftop space with grills and firepits; and an 8,000-square-foot fitness center with everything from an indoor lap pool and sauna to a squash and basketball court to a bouldering wall. In spite of busy schedules, residents can enjoy more time to themselves with access to an on-site lifestyle coordinator who can assist with tasks like move-in support, residence cleaning, grocery shopping and private event coordination. Getting to know the neighborhood is also a breeze, as The Harris features ongoing arts, dining and cultural programming designed to support local creators and establishments in the South End.

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May 14th, 2021 | London, UK | Affordable & Workforce Housing, Community

Meet Cherise, a resident of Pocket Living’s West Green Place

Growing up in public housing within a city known for its high real estate prices, Cherise had never dreamed of owning her own home—until she discovered Pocket Living, a London-based developer offering aspiring homeowners an opportunity to purchase a residence at a 20% discount compared to the market rate. Cherise is local to the Haringey neighborhood, so she was qualified to buy a Pocket home, since the program prioritizes first-time homeowners who are already living in the community. Pocket’s step-by-step guides to home ownership and responsive customer service team helped answer Cherise’s questions and made her feel more confident, but it wasn’t until she set her eyes on her future home at West Green Place that she knew it was “the ideal place” for her. Watch the video to hear Cherise’s experience with Pocket Living.

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May 3rd, 2021 | Chicago, IL | Affordable & Workforce Housing, Community

Chicago’s After School Matters Peacemakers Program prepares the next generation of community leaders

The Related Affordable Foundation proudly supports Peacemakers at Parkway Gardens, an After School Matters program that empowers Chicago teenagers to counter violence by promoting positive contributions to their communities. The program enables local teens to plan and carry out signature projects in their neighborhoods, helping them build their critical thinking and collaboration skills, in addition to leaving a lasting impact. Peacemakers is driven by its participants, and so students are motivated to identify their own solutions to issues and then to implement them as leaders.

One of Peacemakers’ young leaders is Whitney M. Young Magnet High School sophomore Nyla Williams. Through the program, Williams gave talks about the principles of Kwanzaa and helped distribute COVID-19 safety supplies to her community. Williams’ experience in Peacemakers has even inspired her to “start something of [her] own” as she looks ahead to potential careers. 

“Our goal is to leave a legacy for the people who come behind us,” Williams says. She adds that Peacemakers gave her the confidence to voice her opinions on community needs, and that the program helped her stay connected in a difficult season by providing a safe space to talk about current events affecting her community.

“It’s like a second family to me,” Williams said of her Peacemakers group. “We’re really close and we work very well together. Every day, we go around and do a check-in—we say how we’re feeling mentally and physically and how we’re doing in school.”

Non-profit After School Matters launched the Peacemakers programs in the summer of 2017 in partnership with Chicago CRED. During its first summer, Peacemakers programs operated in 21 Chicago neighborhoods and served 1,100 teens. Each year, After School Matters provides after-school and summer programs to nearly 19,000 Chicago public high school students. These programs support teens to explore their passions and develop their talents while gaining critical skills for work, college and beyond. Each After School Matters program is project-based, led by industry experts and provides a pathway to progress in skills development and independence. Teens earn a stipend while participating in programs in the arts, communications and leadership, sports and STEM. Over the last 30 years, After School Matters has engaged more than 350,000 Chicago teens.

“After School Matters believes that teens' voices are essential for shaping both the present and future of our city,” said Melissa Mister, Chief Program Officer at After School Matters. “Our Peacemakers programs support teens' development as leaders and changemakers in their communities. As the pandemic has widened the opportunity gap for low-income youth of color, the Related Affordable Foundation's generous investment in our Peacemakers programs at Parkway Gardens has helped ensure that our teens continue to have equitable access to high-quality program opportunities.”

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April 28th, 2021 | Chicago, IL | Residential, Luxury Rentals

Related Plus+ introduces an easy, all-inclusive way to lease an apartment

Now available at all luxury rental buildings in Chicago, Related Plus+ is a new subscription service that provides a more convenient and flexible way to lease. With one simple monthly rent payment, each well-equipped studio or one-bedroom residence has all utilities included—such as high-speed 1GB Google Webpass internet, electricity, water, gas, sewer and trash. With no more utility bills and an all-electronic leasing process, finding and maintaining an apartment is transformed into a seamless experience. Related Plus+ also provides flexible lease terms with no added costs that allow for arrangements like month-to-month or short-term lease extensions, as well as an easy transfer process to upgrade or downgrade during the lease term. Residents will also have access to Related Life, our resident-exclusive membership program, which offers perks like complimentary amenity space rentals for hosting dinner parties or enjoying nights around the fire pit.

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April 26th, 2021 | London, UK | Affordable & Workforce Housing, Community

Pocket Living offers Londoners homes that come with a built-in sense of community

In one of the world’s busiest cities where neighbors often remain strangers, Pocket Living is creating homeownership opportunities for middle-earning Londoners who also prize a sense of community. Rather than finding themselves forced to choose between a vibrant urban lifestyle and a home of their own, Pocket buyers who qualify can purchase their first home affordably within the city (at a 20% discount compared to the market rate) and take advantage of each property’s communal offerings. Every Pocket development contains communal spaces that range from roof terraces to landscaped gardens to “communal hubs” that create a sense of togetherness and designate space for social activities. Whenever a new resident moves into a Pocket development, they’re able to meet their neighbors at an ice-breaker event to welcome them. Later on, they’re included in a residents’ management committee for each development, which allows them to voice their opinions on how the building should be run.

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April 21st, 2021 | New York, NY | Construction, Innovation, Sustainability

Earth Day 2021: Related underscores its commitment to design and investment in sustainable building

By Elissaveta M. Brandon

When Super Storm Sandy hit the coast of New York in 2012, Related was days away from completing the design of Hunter's Point South Crossing and Commons—a two-building, rent regulated development in Queens, at the edge of the East River. Working with the City, as well as Ismael Leyva Architects and SHoP Architects, Related went back to the drawing board and redesigned the building to meet the moment. Critical infrastructure was raised above the Sandy flood plain, forming a bathtub around the ground floor retail. Backup power capacity was provided through a mix of energy efficient cogeneration and natural gas generators. And DHW heaters and pumps for hot showers and operable toilets were planned in case of another grid outage. When the complex opened in 2015, each of the two buildings received, respectively, a LEED Gold certification a LEED Silver certification—and Hunter's Point South went on to be named the ULI Development of the Year.  

“Climate change is the defining issue of our time and it is our collective responsibility to do everything we can to turn the tide,” says Related’s Chairman and Founder Stephen Ross, who is also a director of the World Resources Institute—a non-profit organization that supports environmental sustainability and seeks to address climate change.

With over 37 LEED Silver, Gold and Platinum-certified properties ranging from retail to hotels and luxury to affordable housing, Related’s developments reflect a deep commitment to sustainable design and environmentally conscious real estate.

The company’s latest ESG Report highlights over 45 years of design and investment in sustainable communities and infrastructure. “We promote density to create the critical mass necessary to support public infrastructure and transportation, culture and the arts, retail and restaurants—the amenities that underpin social exchange and interaction,” the company says. “But we are also careful to balance density with areas for escape, reflection and relaxation and the infrastructure necessary to manage traffic, emissions, storm water, waste and noise.

In 2004, Related completed one of the first green residential high-rise buildings in the nation. Designed by renowned architect Robert A. M. Stern, in response to an ambitious set of new guidelines for green architecture developed by the Battery Park City Authority, Tribeca Green features an in-building “blackwater” reuse system that collects wastewater from the building’s plumbing system, treats it to potable standards, and reuses it for toilet flushing, laundry and mechanical systems. “We are achieving both a 55% reduction in municipal water use and a 65% sewer discharge reduction," the report says. Tribeca Green was certified LEED Gold.

In 2008, Related pledged that every building it developers in the United States would be certified LEED Silver or higher. LEED provides an impartial review of sustainable design achievement and is the most comprehensive green building rating system on the market: requiring energy and water use savings, waste reduction practices, indoor environmental quality improvements and site design sensitivity. To attain various levels of LEED certification, a building has to earn a certain number of points that are collected from various categories like the use of green materials to energy-efficient systems. The highest certification is LEED Platinum with a score of 80 points and above, followed by LEED Gold, and LEED Silver. To earn a basic LEED certification, a building must score over 40 points.

At the southwest corner of Central Park, the mixed-use Deutsche Center (formerly known as Time Warner Center), designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill, brings a retail mall, restaurants, concert hall, a large Whole Foods Market, a 250-room luxury hotel, 190 condominium apartments, and offices—all under one roof. To handle the high volumes and diverse streams of waste flowing through such a mammoth operation, waste diversion guidelines and comprehensive signage were developed for the facility and the loading dock was designed to include storage space and four compactor containers including one for composting of restaurant and grocery organic waste. As the report states, Related’s success working on reducing waste and recycling contamination led to a BOMA TOBY (The Office Building of the Year) Award and inclusion as a case study in the New York City AIA’s Zero Waste Design Guidelines.

On Roosevelt Island, Related built the country's tallest Passive House building, following an energy certification program widely considered to be one of the world's most stringent. Part of Cornell Tech—the 2.1 million square foot technology campus—The House is a 352-unit, 26-floor student and faculty housing building designed by Handel Architects. The project was designed to reduce energy use by 70% relative to code. The only fossil fuel used is to make hot water, "and that is only because the technology to efficiently generate hot water at scale with electricity doesn't yet exist," the report says.

Related has over 25 additional projects working toward certification, including three neighborhood developments. At 10 Hudson Yards, a KPF-designed tower that opened in 2019 as part of the 28-acre, mixed-use development on Manhattan's far West Side, Related developed the world's largest Platinum-certified LEED-CS v2009 development.

Hudson Yards as a whole is the first neighborhood in Manhattan to receive a LEED Neighborhood Development Gold certification. The development's stormwater harvesting system is estimated to reuse close to 10 million gallons per year: rainfall is collected from rooftops and plaza and redistributed to irrigate over 200 mature trees and 28,000 plants in the public park over at the heart of Hudson Yards. "Nearly a mile of garden seating walls invite New Yorkers to gather outside and provide an urban oasis for over 225 types of bees, butterflies and other pollinators threatened by habitat loss and climate change," the report says.

Related’s commitment to renewable energy and green building extends to affordable housing developments, too, like Hunter’s Point South on the East River. In 2009, Manhattan Plaza in midtown Manhattan was one of the first affordable housing projects in the city to incorporate cogeneration for energy savings. And in 2012, Vintage Crossings became the first LEED Platinum-rated affordable housing in Anaheim, CA.

“Sustainable development is at the core of the fight against the climate crisis,” says Stephen Ross. According to the United Nations Environment Program, buildings and the way they are built together account for 38 percent of global energy use. The first step then, is to reduce consumption through energy efficient design. The next is to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy. But ultimately, what we need is policy at all levels of government.

As Ross says: “The actions we take as a company are making measurable impacts in cities and communities around the world.” In the fight against climate change, then, everyone—from architects, to developers, to legislators—must play their part.

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April 19th, 2021 | New York, NY | Construction, Innovation, Sustainability

Leading the industry with an environmentally-conscious vision for real estate and lasting commitments to our communities

At Related, we take a proactive approach to sustainability and innovation, allowing us to make lasting impacts on both the real estate industry and the communities that we touch with our developments. Our continuous efforts to advance the design, construction and operations of our properties results in a smaller environmental footprint for our company and helps set a higher standard for our industry. Within our 2020 ESG Report, the Environmental Efforts section illustrates projects where we are making strides in areas such as energy reduction and reuse and third-party building certifications that commemorate our environmental efforts. Read more below for some highlights of what we have achieved so far.

Cornell Tech: The tallest passive house certified building in the world

For Cornell Tech, located on Roosevelt Island in NYC, Related adhered to one of the most stringent energy certifications to develop the tallest passive house certified building in the world. Cornell Tech is a 352-unit, 26-floor student and faculty housing building that is designed for maximum efficiency, reducing energy usage by 70% relative to code. The building uses only electricity for all HVAC and lighting needs. The only use of fossil fuels is for making hot water—only because the technology to efficiently generate hot water at scale with electricity doesn’t yet exist.

Vintage Crossings: the first LEED Platinum affordable development in Anaheim

In the City of Anaheim, CA, Vintage Crossings stands as the first LEED platinum affordable housing development and also serves as an example of a successful public-private partnership—the second time that the City and Related pioneered new territory in sustainable affordable housing. The materials used to construct Vintage Crossings were sourced from highly recycled content and had low emission profiles. Through the use of low-flow/flush plumbing fixtures and landscape irrigation systems, water use is significantly lowered for residents, calculated to reduce 65% of potable water needs overall. With measures like instantaneous gas hot water heaters and high-efficiency HVAC systems, the building’s total energy use is kept low and exceeds current energy codes by 45.9% (at the time of construction).

Making affordable housing more sustainable across the nation

Prior to purchase, Related assesses affordable housing preservation acquisitions for their potential energy savings, water savings and potential occupant health improvements. By incorporating our company-wide building standards, we are able to provide residents a higher quality of living while reducing overall building footprints. These building standards include LED lighting retrofits in common areas, dwelling units and back of house; high-efficiency boilers and water heating equipment; insulation improvements where possible; and high-efficiency Low-E windows.

EnelX: More sustainable infrastructure at scale

In the summer of 2019, Related partnered with global energy firm EnelX to develop a 5MW lithium-ion battery project at our Gateway Center retail complex in Brooklyn. In addition to the fundamental innovation of using energy storage behind the meter at scale, our battery solution involves exporting power to the grid and enabling the storage asset to provide peak management services to the local electric grid—which in turn reduces greenhouse gas emissions, enhances the resiliency of the grid and lowers electric costs for rate payers by eliminating the need for costly infrastructure investments by the local utility.

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April 13th, 2021 | Linwood, PA | Construction, Innovation, Sustainability

New Hudson Facades leads the industry with innovative and sustainable custom building façades

New Hudson Facades was founded by Related to address a shortfall in custom curtain wall capacity that was needed to serve the demand for Hudson Yards. The company specializes in custom building façades for some of the most architecturally significant new developments in the U.S. With a corporate headquarters that doubles as a manufacturing facility in Linwood, PA—as well as additional locations in New York, Chicago and Minnesota—New Hudson Facades designs, engineers, manufactures and installs building façades using cutting-edge technologies and automated assembly lines. Some of Related’s developments that the company has contributed to include One Hudson Yards, 15 Hudson Yards, 35 Hudson Yards, 50 Hudson Yards, 55 Hudson Yards, Lantern House, Fifteen Fifty, 520 W 28th Street and Time Warner Center.

New Hudson Facades first began in 2014 as a vertically integrated solution for phase one of Hudson Yards, supplying domestically manufactured exteriors for the new neighborhood’s skyscrapers in order to save time and money in the construction process. Each building façade unit that New Hudson Facades manufactures, known in the industry as curtain wall, is what you see when you look up at the glass, metal and stone exteriors of skyscrapers. Currently one of the top three producers of curtain wall in the country, New Hudson Facades is also contributing to greener buildings nationwide by adhering to higher environmental standards set by developers. To date, nine of Related’s developments with exteriors crafted by New Hudson Facades have achieved LEED Silver accreditation or greater.

One sustainable innovation that New Hudson Facades is using in a number of new buildings—including San Francisco’s Fifteen Fifty and New York City’s 520 W 28th—is electrochromic glass. This special type of glass filters sunlight automatically, darkening as the sunlight becomes brighter throughout the day, which limits both the amount of heat that enters and leaves the building. Electrochromic glass not only contributes to substantial heating and cooling savings every year, but it also allows residents to have more privacy at the touch of a button, as the windows’ tints are adjustable.

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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.