‘Arbor’ joins with community officials to show students importance of trees

‘Arbor’ joins with community officials to show students importance of trees
‘Arbor’ joins with community officials to show students importance of trees
Pictured with kids during May event are ( l-r, back) Nick Hamann, lead developer of Arbor in Coconut Grove; Hannah Ramontal, Coconut Grove Elementary School assistant principal; Julissa Piña; Coconut Grove Elementary School principal; Gabriela E. Lopez, Miami-Dade County’s Community Image manager; Quatisha Oguntoyinbo-Rashad, City of Miami’s chief of Environmental Resources; City of Miami Commissioner Ken Russell (District 2), and Cynthia K. Seymour, director, Coconut Grove Office of Commissioner Ken Russell.

The leafy, eco-living inspired boutique condominium rising on Oak Avenue in the heart of Coconut Grove, called “Arbor,” recently donated five fruit trees to neighboring Coconut Grove Elementary School.

By partnering with the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County’s “Million Trees Miami” campaign, the unique tree-planting event on May 18 put an added emphasis on the importance of trees and the many benefits they provide to the community.

Chief of Environmental Resources for City of Miami Quatisha Oguntoyinbo-Rashad and Community Image manager for Miami Dade County Gabriela E. Lopez spoke to the students at Coconut Grove Elementary about sustainable urban forests and the social, economic, and environmental benefits they provide.

Following the educational discussion, the students participated in planting the trees in the school’s Stingray Garden with assistance by City of Miami Commissioner Ken Russell, Arbor’s lead developer Nick Hamann, and Coconut Grove Elementary School principal Julissa Piña.

The students also received personal trees to plant at home, donated by Arbor, and educational materials donated by the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County. Each tree was registered with Miami-Dade County’s Million Trees Miami Campaign, a community-wide effort to plant one million trees by 2020 in order to achieve a 30 percent tree canopy, which is the national standard for a healthy urban environment.

“We are grateful to Commissioner Ken Russell, the City of Miami, Miami-Dade County, and Coconut Grove Elementary School, for partnering with us on this special event, which I believe was memorable for us all,” said Hamann, a Coconut Grove resident and principal with Urban Atlantic Group.

“This unique collaboration is a small example that, if we all work together, we can find creative solutions to maintain a sustainable urban environment for future generations. We hope to encourage others to get involved and help create a livable, healthy, and sustainable community,” Hamann said,

This special event comes on the heels of Arbor’s official partnership with Million Trees Miami in which Hamann committed to registering the trees planted at Arbor with the Million Trees Miami campaign, becoming the first residential developer to participate in the community-wide initiative.

Jointly developed by Urban Atlantic Group and Oak Ventures, Arbor is inspired by eco-living and the tree-shaded setting of its historic, surrounding neighborhood. Geared toward end-users, particularly those with active lifestyles looking to live within walking distance of area restaurants, recreational facilities and top-rated schools, Arbor will offer expansive, family-friendly spaces designed to bring the outdoors in.

With a strong emphasis on livability and sense of place, common spaces and amenities are designed to complement a well-balanced lifestyle, maximize indoor-outdoor living, and encourage engagement among residents and the surrounding neighborhood. Keeping in step with its neighborhood-like ambiance and a focus on eco-living, the building will feature a bicycle share program with an accompanying concierge, a Yoga and Pilates deck, rooftop terrace and outdoor cinema, a “backyard” amenity deck with social spaces, a lush courtyard and lap and splash pools. Electric car charging stations, a pet walk, and hot and cold delivery storage are also among the unique amenities.

Completion of the building is slated for 2019. Sales launched in mid-March 2017. Residences start at $799,000. Douglas Elliman is exclusively handling sales for the project. For additional information about Arbor, visit http://grovearbor.com/residences.

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