Bucharest, January 2018: AFI Europe Romania, together with the Bucharest Community Foundation, announces the selection of the five projects ideas that entered into the second phase of the community fund “Be a Good Neighbor”. The five finalist projects are invited to submit full applications for this stage of the competition, until February 22, 2018. The announcement of the winning projects will take place afterwards, based on a score and after the interview with the jury members, to be held at the beginning of March.
The “Be a Good Neighbor” fund is addressed to NGOs and initiative groups and provides total funding worth 70,000 lei for up to three projects. The objective of the fund is to collect and support the implementation of projects ideas that contribute to the urban revitalization of the community spirit in the areas near the newest business park that AFI Europe Romania is building in Bucharest, AFI Tech Park.
The top five projects ideas selected for the second stage of the competition are:
- Carol neighborhood, submitted by the initiative group Carol: creating the identity of the Carol neighborhood and the set-up of a civic group in the area by organizing a strategic series of activities including urban education workshops, urban activations, guided tours, focus groups with people in the neighborhood and mapping local resources through a “Users guide” of the neighborhood.
- AFFInities for a united community, submitted by PARADA Foundation: the project will focus on the revitalization of the community spirit in the Carol Park area by bringing together local people through activities aimed at reducing social disparities, stimulating harmonious relationships between people from different social classes and creating communication bridges through art.
- Little tables of knowledge, submitted by the initiative group 4 KIDS: educational tables located near the playgrounds, mail boxes that will collect ideas for a better development and revitalization of the areas, from the children or parents living there.
- The change, submitted by the initiative group “Schimbarea”: the improvement of the social and urban environment in Ferentari neighborhood: renovation and embellishment of the playgrounds and relaxation areas around blocks.
- Big Brother / Sister for a healthy neighborhood, submitted by the Romanian Society for Nutrition Education: support and promote the community of young people from Rahova-Ferentari neighborhood schools, from grades 5-8, by promoting a Big Brother / Big Sister mentorship program so the younger ones in the neighborhoods be encouraged to have a better hygiene of life.
“We are glad that NGOs and initiative groups have responded to our initiative and submitted projects ideas to help their neighborhoods look better and become friendlier to local communities. We were impressed with the involvement of neighbors or friends from the same block who have organized in initiative groups in order to create a real impact in their community. Through «Be a Good Neighbor» we want to consolidate a long-term investment that we bring to the neighboring community with our new building”, says David Hay, CEO of AFI Europe Romania.
AFI Tech Park is a 56,000 sqm Class A business campus, located in proximity to the JW Marriott Hotel and the Romanian Parliament and will comprise of two office buildings with GF+8 floors and one office tower of 14 floors, all surrounded by over 5,000 sqm of green areas. AFI Tech Park is built to obtain the highest recognition of green building and has already obtained the LEED Platinum pre-certification for the use of construction, design and operating techniques and technologies with a minimum impact on the environment.
„Six years ago, we embarked on the road with the vision that Bucharest can become a place where people care about each other and everyone about the city. We are glad that, trough this funds, we bring together people who do something in their neighborhood. We hope that the chosen projects will become a role-model for all people from Bucharest.”, quote Alina Kasprovschi, Executive Director, Bucharest Community Foundation.
The jury of the “Be a Good Neighbor” fund includes: Oana Preda, CEO of CeRe, Ana-Maria Elian (Țoni), Urban Planner and Urban Regenerator at MKBT: Make Better, Andrei Mihail, Doctor of Anthropology, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Political Science, SNSPA, Catalin Iorgulescu, Member of the Romanian Business Services Leaders Association and Tal Roma, Business Development Manager at AFI Europe Romania.
Detailed information about the project are available on the dedicated website: www.afitechpark.ro/afivecinbun.
About AFI Properties:
AFI Properties is a member of the AFI Group, an international holdings and investments conglomerate with subsidiaries that engage in real estate, construction, infrastructure, industry and hotels (www.afigroup-global.com).
The company is active in the income producing and development property market since 1971. AFI Properties has been listed on the Tel-Aviv stock exchange in 2004. The company has been active in Europe since 1997 through its subsidiary AFI Europe mainly in the CEE markets. AFI Properties is ranked “BBB+ positive” by S&P and “A3 stable” by Midroog (a subsidiary of Moody’s).
About AFI Europe:
AFI Europe, a subsidiary of AFI Properties, is one of the leading real estate development, management and investment companies, which is operating in Central and Eastern Europe since 1997.
AFI Europe’s diversified portfolio consists of shopping malls and retail properties, business parks and large-scale residential and mixed-use developments. AFI Europe operates in Romania, Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary and Latvia.
About AFI Europe Romania:
AFI Europe operates in Romania since 2005. The company has developed and is managing “AFI Cotroceni”, the largest and most dominant shopping mall in Romania and among the leading shopping malls in the CEE region. The mall spreads over a leasable area of close to 90,000 sqm (GLA) and offers to its visitors a large entertainment area with multiple leisure options and a variety of over 300 shops of local and international brands, visited by 50,000 customers per day.
In October 2013, AFI Europe inaugurated AFI Ploiesti, the first and only modern shopping mall developed in the city centre of Ploiesti, following an investment of over EUR 50 million. The shopping mall offers a total gross leasable area (GLA) of 34,000 square meters spreading over two retail floors occupied by 100 national and international brands, including more than 7,000 sqm of entertainment.
Adjacent but fully integrated into AFI Cotroceni shopping mall, AFI Europe Romania has developed AFI Park, Bucharest’s newest and most advanced Class A Business Park. AFI Park offers 70,000 of office leasable area occupied by multinational IT&C corporations. AFI Park 1-5 are close to 100% leased. AFI Park line-up of multinational tenants includes: Microchip Technology, Electronic Arts, Endava Romania, Cameron US, SII Romania, ORTEC Central & Eastern Europe, FotoNation, Telus International, Veeam Software and Dell SecureWorks.
AFI Europe Romania is currently under development in the City Centre of Brasov Romania of AFI Brasov, which includes a 45,000 sqm GLA shopping mall and two office buildings of 25,000 sqm GLA.
In the office segment, AFI Romania is under development of AFI TECH PARK, a 56,000 sqm of GLA Class A Business Park located in close proximity to the J.W. Marriott hotel and the Romanian Parliament. The business park will comprise of 2 low rise office buildings and one office tower, with ample green areas in a central garden, the project being built as a high tech/campus style environment, to answer the expanding needs of IT&C companies in Romania by offering a suitable space in terms of technical specifications accompanied by required expansion options.
In addition, AFI Europe Romania has two projects to be developed in the near future: a 80,000 sqm land plot in Arad where a retail park is to be developed anchored by a hypermarket and a DIY shop and the large scale residential project AFI City, to be developed on the 148,000 sqm land plot in Bucurestii Noi district 1 of Bucharest.
About Bucharest Community Foundation:
The Bucharest Community Foundation brings together donors, NGOs or initiative groups to develop communities in which we feel at home. It develops donation mechanisms, grants or ideas incubators for the city. In 6 years the foundation has funded over 250 projects, from Bucharest and Ilfov, with almost 3 million lei.
The Bucharest Community Foundation is part of a national movement, together with 15 other community foundations in the country. For more details, please visit www.fundatiacomunitarabucuresti.ro.