The Modern Miami Apartments Donates Unused Building Materials to Habitat for Humanity

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The Modern Miami, a 16-story luxury rental community in downtown Miami, has donated more than 1,300 unused building materials to Habitat for Humanity to support development of affordable housing in Miami-Dade County, announced owner Waterton Residential.

The items were donated to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami, which will sell the materials at a ReStore location in suburban Cutler Bay. Proceeds from the items, which include lighting fixtures, showerheads and ADA-compliant bathroom sinks, will be used to build and renovate hundreds of homes for low-income families in the Miami area.

“Our company owns and operates properties in 15 states across the country, and we believe it’s important to give back to each of the communities we call home,” said Pete Vilim, co-founder of Chicago-based Waterton Residential. “This donation is just one way of doing that and reflects our ongoing commitment to providing quality housing to the residents of greater Miami.”

Since its inception in 1989, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami has served more than 1,000 low-income families in Miami-Dade County, offering affordable, energy-efficient homes that are sold at cost with interest-free financing. The homes are built using volunteer and homeowner labor, outside financial contributions and donated building materials, allowing families who are unable to qualify for a conventional mortgage to realize their dream of homeownership.

“We are grateful to the Modern Miami for assisting Habitat for Humanity in its effort to provide affordable housing to lower income families in the Miami area,” said Missy Monokian, director of Miami Habitat’s ReStore location. “We not only build homes, but also see lives forever changed by this community effort.”

The Cutler Bay ReStore location, which opened last year, offers new and gently used furniture, home accessories, appliances and building materials that it sells for a fraction of their full retail value. Donations come from a variety of sources, including manufacturers, builders, and residential and commercial properties, as well as private individuals. In addition to generating funds for the development and renovation of affordable homes, ReStores divert thousands of tons of usable goods and materials from landfills each year.

“When we acquired Modern Miami last year, we knew that we were going to make several modifications to the original fixtures and finishes to make the common areas and 174 units more consistent with our vision for the building,” said Will Adams, community manager of the Modern Miami. “Donating the unused materials to Habitat for Humanity allowed us to support a great cause while simultaneously reducing the environmental impact of these cosmetic changes.”

Located in Miami’s bustling Health Medical District, the Modern Miami offers spacious one- and two-bedroom residences with unobstructed views of the city and nearby Marlins Park. Floor plans range from 805 to 1,148 square feet, with rents starting in the $1,700s. All apartments feature two full baths; private balconies; hardwood and ceramic tile flooring; custom window treatments; two-tone designer paint; fully equipped kitchens with granite countertops, upscale cabinetry and stainless steel appliances; in-unit washers and dryers; and covered parking.

Residents also have access to a variety of on-site amenities, including a state-of-the-art fitness center, outdoor pool and sun deck, resident coffee bar and business center, and a fully furnished guest suite for visitors. In addition, the community offers 24-hour maintenance and concierge services.

Adding to the Modern Miami’s appeal is its central location, minutes from South Beach and the Miami International Airport and across from the University of Miami and Metrorail. The community also offers easy access to State Road 112, I-95 and the Dolphin Expressway/I-395.

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Waterton Residential
Waterton Residential, the multifamily investment and management division of Waterton Associates, was founded in 1998 to manage U.S. multifamily properties. Waterton Residential manages over 50 apartment communities in major U.S. markets with a focus on excellent resident service, competitive pricing and flexible lease terms. Waterton Residential is headquartered in Chicago with seven regional offices throughout the United States. With approximately 20,000 apartment homes in major U.S. markets, the Waterton Residential brand signifies exceptional living experiences, a sense of community and home. For more information, please visit

Editors: For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Abe Tekippe at (312) 267-4528 or atekippe(at)taylorjohnson(dot)com; or Kim Manning at (312) 267-4527 or kmanning(at)taylorjohnson(dot)com.

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