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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.