Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Happy Holidays to you and yours!
The holiday season, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year are my favorite time of the year! (I may be biased though, because my birthday also fits in there :p) It is such a joyous season that also entails so many emotions- it is so easy to get caught up in the hype and propaganda. It is so easy to forget the true meaning of the season, which is why I chose to put the below image on display in this month’s company blog. It is simple, peaceful and private; a reminder that this is a season of reflection. Enjoy!
“It came without ribbons! It came without tags! It came without packages, boxes or bags!” … Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! “Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more!”
~Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Wishing you love, peace and joy during the holiday season
Monday, October 17, 2012
Restoring a historic building for the homeless
Written by Mr. Robert Showley of the San Diego Union Tribune, the Saturday September 22nd business section cover featured a front and center article about the current construction of the former World Trade Center building on 6th and B street in downtown San Diego. (Before that it was known as HBJ Publishing and before that, the SD Athletic club) The building will soon be reopened as Connections Housing, a permanent homeless shelter offering permanent and temporary housing as well as an array of services for the homeless including service centers with offices, training/education rooms, counseling offices and meeting rooms. There will also be a full kitchen for residents and employees, administrative offices and training facilities. The article (linked above) highlights the history of the building, which was originally built in 1928, as well as how that has affected the construction progress of the interior.
As a result of the publication, I received a wonderful e-mail the following Monday morning, from a former member of the San Diego Athletic Club. Mr. Bill Hoffman frequented the club when he was a young man and was kind enough to share a whole slew of old images of his adventures at the old club.
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(Above, is a collage of all the cool images Bill sent me) The rehabilitation of the building will fully restore the building to its original glory while serving an important underserved population of San Diego. We at Affirmed couldn’t be happier to be involved in this development. This is a landmark project that shows positive progress in San Diego. To learn more about Connections Housing, please go to the website: http://www.sdconnections.org. There is also a Facebook page for Connections complete with frequently updated images, information and other ways to get involved. http://www.facebook.com/SDConnections
Monday, September 17, 2012
Hello and on behalf of our entire team here at Affirmed I want to welcome you to our new blog that is easily accessible through our new and improved website. Now more complete than ever, our site includes an interactive blog, video, industry resources, links to other organizations, and of course our popular rental inquiry section for prospective tenants.
For those of you who don’t know us well, we have been developing affordable homes since 1992. AHG has built 27 quality communities and provided 3,000+ affordable apartments for singles, families, and seniors. We are a leader in building sustainable and efficient affordable homes. Within the last 12 months we have won 19 local, regional, and national design awards; a testament to our commitment to quality.
Always unique in design, we take pride in taking on challenges to develop underutilized, in-fill sites that are located in immediate proximity to public amenities. By embracing progressive technologies and clean green strategies that minimize energy and power demands we conserve natural resources, reduce potable water use, and provide renewable materials to improve indoor air quality and human health. At Affirmed we continue to optimize building locations on urban infill and Brownfield sites, and we embrace enlightened building design and management. We reduce, reuse and recycle to minimize landfill waste and whenever possible, we use materials and emerging technologies that set new standards for environmental excellence.
In the near future we will embark on a mission to provide quality rental housing with no income restrictions... expect our first development announcement later this year!
James (Jim) Silverwood
President & CEO
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