Collaborative Development Corporation (CDC) is advocating to transform public and privately owned vacant lots in south Florida into a productive edible gardens. This is our latest effort to promote awareness of healthier lifestyles. We would like to pursue joint ventures with partners, community stakeholders, local residents, and visitors to create edible gardens and to promote sustainable landscaping practices.
Coconut Grove Village West
Collaborative Development Corporation subscribes to the “Main Street Approach” to the revitalization of the Grand Avenue commercial corridor.
The Main Street approach is a program and a proven comprehensive method to commercial district revitalization. This approach has been implemented in over 1,800 cities and towns in 44 states across the nation with the help of the National Main Street Center and statewide downtown revitalization programs. Main Street successfully integrates the practical management strategy with the physical improvement of buildings and public spaces, aggressive promotion, image building and the economic development of the area. Read more
After successfully advocating for the project’s implementation, Collaborative Development Corporation, formerly known as Coconut Grove Collaborative, Inc., served as its official ombudsman on behalf of the community. The project management functions were housed in the Collaborative offices including the City of Miami and Horizon Construction, Inc.
The Stirrup House is truly “a treasure” for Coconut Grove in that is one of the original homes of a very well-known resident Mr. E.W.F. Stirrup who was a prominent land owner here in Village West. The CDC has been instrumental in seeking the historical preservation of this property and hope to assist in the restoration for future use, i.e. bed & breakfast, restaurant, tour site, etc.
KROMA is a collective art gallery located on Grand Avenue in the heart of Coconut Grove consisting of 19 creative studios and 2 communal exhibition spaces. The 19 studios will house artists and artisans looking to showcase their work in a growing community with a rich history. The 2 communal gallery spaces will be used to exhibit the work of a resident artist on a rotational basis and serve as a community space to feature the work of visiting artists or other such exhibits promoting the history of Coconut Grove. Read more
The designation of Charles Avenue and its designation as a “historical corridor” has been achieved through the interest and instrumental involvement of the CDC. Strategic and informative meetings were held primarily with the Charles Avenue residents along with other community members for valuable feedback about lifelong stories, their works, education, churches, etc. This valuable information supported the credibility of Charles Avenue historic preservation and its designation.
Coconut Grove Village West is a neighborhood with a rich history that is ripe to be explored by the many tourists who visit South Florida each year. In an effort to showcase the distinct narrative of the neighborhood, eleven sites have been identified as points of interest for a Black Heritage Tour. Read more
In order to address the critical needs for affordable housing, Collaborative Development Corporation conceived the “Come Back Home To The Grove” affordable housing initiative. Read more