Coconut Grove Village West

Urban Edible Gardens Initiative

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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.

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Grand Avenue Kiosks

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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

Adaptive Reuse of the Historic EWF Stirrup House

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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 Gallery

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

Designation of Charles Avenue as a Historical Corridor

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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.