Award Winning Building is Changing the Landscape of Vero Beach and Community

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

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The landscape of US Highway 1 in Vero Beach has changed a lot over the years. As new businesses have moved in, structures have been added and existing buildings have been remodeled.

Indian River Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore joined the landscape in 2005. The original 30,000 square foot structure included a retail space, office and donation warehouse. Just over ten years later, the building received a major makeover, including the addition of 9,500 square feet and the ReStore tower, which now serves as a beacon to volunteers, donors and shoppers.

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This addition was recently recognized by The Indian River County Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, September 21st during The Industry Appreciation Awards Luncheon. Winning an “Architectural Recognition” award in the category of Large Building Renovation Non-Profit, the ReStore has cemented itself among Vero Beach’s expanding architecture.

Local businesses involved in the renovation included Anthony J. Mazza Architects & Planners P.A., Aiello Landscape Inc., M.B.V. Engineering Inc., and Pinnacle Construction.

Over 200 people attended the awards luncheon, which recognized a total of eighteen businesses.

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Indian River Habitat for Humanity’s CEO, Andrew Bowler along with Director of Community Development, Eve Kyomya, ReStore General Manager, Sheradi Monroe, Board President, Connie Poppell, and other board members were present at the Industry Appreciation Awards Luncheon to accept the award.

I am immediately drawn back to Habitat’s mission whenever someone asks me about the ReStore’s expansion,” says Sheradi Monroe, General Manager of Habitat’s ReStore in Vero Beach. “Yes, I am thrilled about the additional space and the much-needed improvements we have made. Not only have these changes enhanced the donor, volunteer and shopper experience but most importantly, these changes are helping Indian River Habitat for Humanity serve even more families!”

One of out every three Habitat homes is built by funds generated by the ReStore.

Ms. Monroe continues, “Remember, when you shop, volunteer or donate – you’re helping build futures and helping build families.”

Impact on Immediate Area

Prior to the expansion, Indian River County Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore had limited retail and warehouse floor space. Also, visibility from the highway was poor; shoppers and donors would sometimes miss the turn. The expansion had added much needed floor space, created a designated donation drop off area and has enhanced the ReStore’s visibility. These improvements and additions have enhanced operational efficiency, increased the amount of donations received and increased the ReStore’s ability to store and sell deconstruction products and materials, all of which works to divert more and more reusable gods and materials from our landfills.

Shopper traffic from within and beyond the County is continually growing, more and more volunteers are serving at the ReStore (given improved climate control in the warehouse), and the growing customer and donor base has created new employment opportunities.

Finally, record sales month after month since the expansion have increased revenue that is invested into Habitat’s mission to serve families by providing affordable homeownership opportunities right here in Indian River County.

Building’s Unique Features

A designated, canopy covered, drive-through donation drop off area that allows donors and shoppers to either drop off or pick up items at any time, to include rainy days.

• The checkout area’s enclosure built from recycled cabinet doors.
• The ReStore’s unique tower helps beautify the immediate area and makes finding the ReStore easier, especially for out of town or out of state shoppers.
• Energy efficient LED lighting that has replaced halogen lighting.
• A new turn lane to the ReStore off US Highway 1 has eased congestion and the flow of traffic at the 45th Street and US Hwy 1 intersection.
• Tremendous landscaping that helps beautify the immediately surrounding area.

About Indian River Habitat for Humanity

Indian River Habitat for Humanity became an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International in September 1991. Since the construction of the first house in 1992, Indian River Habitat has served over 765 families, impacting the lives of over 2,060 adults and children.

About the ReStore

Indian River Habitat for Humanity ReStore opened its doors in September 2005 to help fund the construction of Habitat for Humanity homes in Indian River County. The ReStore funds the equivalent of one in three homes that Indian River Habitat completes. It is an integral part of the mission to assist low-income residents of Indian River County in obtaining safe, decent affordable housing.

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The store, located at 4580 N. US Highway 1 in Vero Beach, is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

For more information, visit www.ircHabitat.org.

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