Our President, J.S. Rashid, made a presentation before the Citizens’ Independent Trust on transit corridor development and its impact on community economic development.
“Without a strategic alignment of transit corridor development with community economic development, we are on another ride to nowhere.” – J.S. Rashid
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.
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.
The Coconut Grove Playhouse has long been a landmark here in Coconut Grove. Many prominent actors, singers, dancers, musicians, etc. have performed and showcased their talents at this site. The CDC is supportive of the collaboration of local and state officials who are working towards revitalizing and reopening the Playhouse. We are committed to reprising its function as a vibrant artistic venue for the local community as well as visitor’s point of interest.
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.