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Weinberg Commons Wins the Supportive Housing Award
Congratulations to Pennrose Development, the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey and the Weinberg Commons project team on receiving the 2020 Project of the Year Award by the Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey.
 
Weinberg Commons which consists of 160 units of new affordable rental housing, was developed for seniors and households with developmental disabilities.
 
MaGrann served as sustainability consultant for Enterprise Green Communities and ENERGY STAR certification. 

Abandoned New England Building is Now NGBS Certified
Courtland Arms, a historic building in New Britain, Connecticut, has been restored after over 20 years of abandonment. The $8 million renovation includes 24 apartments ranging from 582-739 square feet, four of which are designated for low-income veterans.

MaGrann Associates provided the HERS rating and the NGBS certification services for this project, Paul Bailey Architect, LLC served as the architect and Chrysalis Real Estate Development Corporation was the developer. The HERS rating and NGBS certification qualified the developer for incentives through the CT Energy Efficiency Fund.

Industry Trends
We Agree with Unity
There are times during the transformation of a market when it is more advantageous to work together than in isolation. This is one of those times for the building industry as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic while also confronting the challenge of climate change. James Ball, our VP of Business Development, shared his experience with ‘coopetition’ in this guest blog for the newly launched DC Building Innovation Hub.

New Jersey’s Bulk Appliance Recycling Rebates for Multifamily
The New Jersey Clean Energy Program has announced that the Bulk Appliance Recycling Program is open. Buildings with five or more dwelling units are now able to access rebates for recycling five or more working refrigerators, freezers, room air conditioners or dehumidifiers.

At this time, all pickups will be contactless to ensure safety.

2021 Affordable Housing Playbook: Enterprise's Policy Priorities
Enterprise Community Partners have released their 2021 playbook of affordable housing solutions. These results driven recommendations to the Biden-Harris Administration and Congress should facilitate the implementation of safe, stable and affordable housing for all Americans.  

Company News
A New Era for MaGrann's Support of the Energy Efficiency Alliance
MaGrann President & CEO Rich Selverian is stepping down as a board member of the Energy Efficiency Alliance (EEA) after more than 10 years. He has served as the President of the Board for the past 7 years.

EEA (formerly KEEA; Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance) began as a group of like-minded companies joining together to further energy efficiency in Pennsylvania. It has evolved into a network of state-based affiliates with dedicated staff and an active board. Now well-regarded as a premier organization advocating for energy efficiency policy, MaGrann Associates has been a proud contributing member since its inception.

EEA Executive Director Matt Elliot said, "On behalf of the entire team at the Energy Efficiency Alliance, we are deeply grateful to Rich for his many years of service as president of our Board of Directors. During Rich's time on the EEA board, our organization has grown by leaps and bounds year over year, growing our membership, our staff, our funding base, and our reputation as a true policy-change powerhouse in Pennsylvania and New Jersey."

As Rich steps down, MaGrann Vice President of Program and Strategic Development Ben Adams has been elected, returning to the role after 10 years.

MaGrann Employee Expanding Expertise

Congratulations to MaGrann's Business Development Manager, Laila Coelho Reilly, for her recent completion of a certificate program in Commercial Real Estate Analysis and Investment through MIT's School of Architecture & Planning!

“I’m looking forward to working with clients to see how we can help maximize IRR on projects on new developments and older multifamily assets,” said Laila.
Charging Forward at MaGrann
We are excited to share that after two years in the works, our corporate office in Mount Laurel, NJ now offers employees and visitors free charging for up to six vehicles at a time while parked at our building! This project was made possible by a partial grant from DriveGreenNJ, a program supported by the 2016-17 Volkswagen Settlement for diesel emissions violations.
 
There’s never been a better time to consider electrifying your next car purchase – especially in New Jersey which was just ranked in the top 10 by ACEEE’s State Transportation Electrification Scorecard (catching up with the leading states in our region including NY, DC, MD, MA and VT). Follow these links for more information on incentives by state: NJ, PA, MD, DC, NY, CT, MA.
 
And with new models from Hyundai, Kia, GM and others, more options than ever are now available with 2-300 miles of range at mainstream prices, many with substantial federal and state incentives still available. For a complete list of models and tax credit eligibility see: https://fueleconomy.gov/feg/taxevb.shtml
 
We at MaGrann are happy to be able to play a small part in supporting the move to a lower carbon economy and cleaner air for all. For any questions on our EV charger project experience contact BenAdams@magrann.com
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