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4 NEW ENGLAND CONDOMINIUM   -JULY 2019   NEWENGLANDCONDO.COM  Industry Pulse  Industry News  BOMA Award Entry Forms Now Available  Information regarding the 2019 BOMA   Boston “calls for entries” (submission re-  quirements, eligibility, and manual) are   now available at   Each year, the TOBY (The Outstanding   Building of the Year) & Industry Awards   recognize industry  excellence  in property   management, building operations, and   service. There are 17 categories for TOBY   Awards, and 10 categories for the Industry   Awards. Since the TOBYs are nationally   recognized, the local winners move on to   the  regional competition, and potentially   the international competition.  BOMA Boston’s local TOBY & Industry   awards are one of the largest in the country   in terms of participation and attendance   amongst other BOMA chapters, with all   members contributing to  some aspect   of the awards program in one way or the   other, according to the Boston chapter’s   officials.  Award categories include Rising   Professional of the Year; Property Manager   of the Year (Low-Rise); Property Manager   of the Year (Mid-Rise); Property Manager   of the Year (High-Rise); Property Manager   of the Year (Suburban); Property Manager   of the Year (Facility); Engineer of the Year;   Chief Engineer of the Year; Affiliate Mem-  ber of the Year; Affiliate Company of the   Year. The deadline for submitting entries is   September 9.  Law & Legislation  Maine Senators Promote Law  Adding Gender ID to Fair Housing Act  The Associated Press reported in June   that Maine’s two U.S. senators are introduc-  ing legislation designed to protect residents   from housing discrimination that is based on   gender identity or sexual orientation.  Susan Collins, a Republican, and Angus   King, an independent, are joining Sen. Tim   Kaine (D-Virginia) in promoting the Fair   and Equal Housing Act of 2019. They say   the proposal would add gender identity   and sexual orientation to the classes that are   protected from discrimination by the Fair   Housing Act.  The lawmakers say that 21 states and   more than 200 localities around the country   extend housing discrimination protections   in this way, according to the AP story.  They also cited studies showing that   same-sex applicants are more likely to be   denied  a  mortgage  than  heterosexual  cou-  ples. The legislation is co-sponsored by 10   senators, all of whom are Democrats, the AP   reported.  House Committee Agrees on NFIP Extension   through September 2024  House Financial Services Committee   Chair Maxine Waters and Ranking Member   Patrick McHenry reached an agreement in   June on a five-year reauthorization of the   National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)   through  Sept. 30,  2024,  according  to  the   National Association of Realtors (NAR) via   a recent press release.  The National Association of Home   Builders (NAHB) and the NAR both   expressed their satisfaction with the deal.  “This legislation addresses many critical   NAR priorities, including long-term reau-  thorization, strengthening mapping and   mitigation, and facilitating a more robust   private insurance market,” NAR President   John Smaby said.  “The NFIP has played a critical role in   determining the use and development of   flood-prone areas and managing the risk of   flooding for residential properties,” said the   NAHB in its press statement. “A strong NFIP   helps ensure that the housing industry can   provide safe, decent and affordable housing   to consumers under the direction of local   jurisdictions.  According  to  the NAHB, Waters and   McHenry’s agreement would increase fund-  ing for flood risk mapping and mitigation;   provide premium credits for not currently   recognized mitigation activity; create a new   zone to account for levee-protected areas;   and establish umbrella coverage options for   multifamily development.  Real Estate  Got Millions? Check Out the Boston   Penthouse Market   Boston  buyers looking for  great views   and  luxury  surroundings  have  some  great   options these days.   Consider this penthouse at the Mandarin   Oriental in Back Bay: the double unit at 776   Boylston  Street  offers  6,829  square  feet on   the inside and thousands more square feet on   the outside, according to   Curbed.   The pent-  house being marketed by Coldwell Banker’s   Brigitte Petrocelli includes four bedrooms;   four-and-a half bathrooms; a massage room   off the main suite; an art gallery; double-  sided ventless gas fireplace; a bar with stone   countertops; and a home theater.  Its outdoor   space includes 2,500 square feet of  private   rooftop accessible via two private elevators   and “an outdoor canine area.”  The price? A cool $28 million. The condo   fee,   Curbed   reported, is $13,000-plus, and   entitles the owner to the Mandarin Oriental   suite of services.  Buyers looking for something a bit more   affordable  might  consider  a  penthouse  on   Marlborough  Street,  also  in  Boston’s  Back   Bay, on the market for $3.25 million.   Curbed   reported that the 2,060-square-foot duplex in   a building that dates from 1880 was restored   in 2016, and includes two bedrooms, three   bathrooms, and a 525-square-foot roof deck.   The condo also comes with one deeded,   direct-access parking space.  Affordable Housing Renovated in Lynn, MA  WinnCompanies has completed a $18.7   million  rehabilitation  of  the  Cobbet  Hill   Apartments in Lynn, Massachusetts, reno-  vating 117 units of affordable housing for   families and seniors, creating new common   areas and amenity spaces, and modernizing   the building’s key systems, the   New England   Real Estate Journal   reported.  In the 18-month project, Winn upgraded   the kitchens and bathrooms in every apart-  ment; installed new boilers and a new secu-  rity system; created six new handicapped   accessible apartments, a  new  community   room and a fitness center; replaced the build-  ing’s roof; repaired plumbing and masonry;   and upgraded the electrical system.  “Cobbet Hill is an example of our com-  mitment as a long-term owner to invest in   the quality of life for residents of our afford-  able housing communities,” said WinnCos.   CEO Gilbert Winn. “We own more than   100 properties in 11 states and the District of   Columbia, including many of the apartment   communities in Massachusetts that  started   the company nearly a half century ago.”  In the News  Car Sinks in Condo Swimming Pool  Two women were rescued from a sinking   SUV after it crashed through a fence and into   a pool at a Middleton, Massachusetts condo-  minium complex last month, according to a   report on Boston’s WCVB-TV  Fortunately, there were no injuries in   the accident, which occurred in the morn-  ing. According to local police, a 72-year-old   driver thought her car was in park when it   was actually in reverse. The vehicle jumped   over a curb, through a fence and onto the   pool deck. It reportedly teetered on the edge   of the pool when rescuers arrived and helped   two occupants out of the car to safety.  The  vehicle eventually  slid into  the   Ironwood Condo Complex pool and was   almost completely submerged before being   hoisted out by a crane. There were no resi-  dents in or around the pool at the time of the   accident.  According to the television report, resi-  dents said a similar incident happened at the   complex a couple of years ago, and the condo   complex is looking at replacing the fence   with something more solid.                            n  Friday, July 12, 2019   Federal Accessibility Requirements for   Multi-Family House  Wasserstein Hall, Harvard Law School   Campus, 1585 Massachusetts Ave.,   Cambridge, MA  A team of nationally-recognized accessibility   specialists leads this one-day intermediate-  to-advanced workshop focusing on federal   accessibility laws related to residential design   and construction. This course will include   review and discussion on the Fair Housing   Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act,   Architectural Barriers Act, and Section 504   of the Rehabilitation Act. Visit the Boston   Society of Architects at for   details.  Thursday, July 18-Friday,   July 19, 2019  CAI: M-380 Litigation Training for Managers  Southbridge, MA  Learn how to prepare for the possibility of   litigation. This course covers many topics   leading up to, during, and following litiga-  tion and what the community manager can   do to be prepared for any situation. Topics   include: preparing and responding to the   possibility, likelihood and reality of litiga-  tion; understanding the discovery process;   selecting, preparing, and rebutting expert   witnesses; using alternative dispute resolu-  tion; preparing for trial and testifying in   court; and evaluating post-trial realities and   options. Register at  Thursday, July 25, 2019  BOMA Emerging Professionals Summer   Cruise  Rowe’s Wharf Boston, MA  5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Join BOMA Boston for a summer   cruise hosted by the BOMA Emerging   Professionals. Climb on board the Music   City Queen to entertain clients, host a   team outing, and network with friends and   colleagues. Enjoy a live DJ, hors d’oeuvres,   drink tickets, and great views of the Boston   skyline! Visit for details.  Saturday, July 27, 2019  RHA Summer Cookout!  Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA  4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. – RHA Tailgate   Cookout  7:00 p.m. – New England Revolution Game  The Rental Housing Association celebrates   summer with a family-friendly tailgate   cookout, complete with over 15 delicious   food tents, drinks, fun games, activities for   kids, and live music, courtesy of our Affiliate   Sponsors. Then watch the New England   Revolution take on the Orlando City Soccer   Club at Gillette Stadium. To register, visit  CAL EN D AR  July  2019  PULSE/CALENDAR

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