SAN MATEO, Calif. (April 16, 2015) – Essex Property Trust (Essex) donated $25,000 to the Asiya Shriners, a local chapter of Shiners International, during a ceremony to honor the organization and celebrate the grand opening of the company’s newest development, Park 20 apartment homes. The donation will help support the Asiya Shriners’ facility, which is across the street from Park 20, as well as the Asiya Shriners Children’s Transportation Fund.
Essex Group Vice President of Development, Bruce Knoblock, presented the donation to the Asiya Shriners’ Illustrious Potentate John A. Bermudez and Recorder Samuel Yee.
“Park 20 is proud to have the Asiya Shriners as our neighbors. Their commitment to the local community is admirable and humbling, and they supported Park 20 during construction with grace,” said Knoblock. “We value their partnership, and Essex is honored to now help support them with this donation.”
The Asiya Shriners are a part of Shriners International. The group’s Children’s Transportation Fund assists low-income families in Bay Area by transporting their children to the Shriners’ Northern California Hospital in Sacramento. If the child requires help from specialists at a more distant Shriners’ hospital, the Asiya Shriners Children’s Transportation Fund will pay for the transportation and all related costs.
“As a premiere philanthropical fraternity, we are committed to making a difference in the lives of hundreds of children in the Bay Area,” said Bermudez. “Asiya Shriners are dedicated to serving our local families, and as a fun-loving organization we are happy to have fun with a purpose. This generous donation will make a difference in lives of many children and we are very grateful to both Essex and Park 20 for partaking in our mission.”
During the ceremony, San Mateo Mayor Maureen Freschet helped cut the ribbon to celebrate Park 20’s grand opening. Park 20 is Essex’s newest apartment community in San Mateo.
“Essex has gone above and beyond to work with, and continually communicate with, the San Mateo business and residential neighbors both in the planning and building phases of this project. I commend them for that,” said Mayor Freschet.
The demand for housing is high in San Mateo, and Essex is committed to helping address the need. Additionally, more than 10 percent of the apartment homes at Park 20 are designated for low-income residents.
“Park 20 serves as a model for our efforts to ease the critical housing shortage in San Mateo and helps fulfill our commitment to provide affordable housing in our community,” said Mayor Freschet.San Mateo community members, Essex associates and members of the Asiya Shriners celebrate the grand opening of Park 20, Essex’s newly constructed apartment community in San Mateo, Calif. Center, with scissors: San Mateo Mayor Maureen Freschet and Essex Executive Vice President John Eudy.
About Essex Property Trust, Inc.
Essex Property Trust, Inc., an S&P 500 company, is a fully integrated real estate investment trust (REIT) that acquires, develops, redevelops, and manages multifamily residential properties in selected West Coast markets. Essex currently has ownership interests in 239 apartment communities with an additional 12 properties in various stages of active development. Additional information about Essex can be found on the Company’s website at www.essex.com.
About Park 20 apartment homes
Park 20 is a newly constructed Essex apartment community in San Mateo, Calif. With its easy access to Highway 101, Park 20 provides a central home base for people who work across the Peninsula. Its 197 spacious and modern studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments feature custom interiors and designer finishes. Learn more at www.Park20.com.
About Asiya Shriners
Asiya Shriners are a part of Shriners International, which owns and operates a network of 22 children’s hospitals in the United States, Mexico and Canada. The Asiya Shriners was established in 1883 in San Francisco and is the oldest Shrine Temple in Northern California. The group’s charitable causes include the Asiya Shriners Children’s Transportation Fund, which assists low-income families in Bay Area by transporting their children to Shriners hospitals. Learn more about the Asiya Shriners at www.AsiyaShriners.com.