Collaborative Development Corporation (CDC) is a private, 501c3 nonprofit community development corporation whose mission is to plan, coordinate and execute neighborhood revitalization projects, expand affordable housing availability, and increase business and employment opportunities in South Florida.
Collaborative Development Corporation conceived, initiated and successfully completed a $17,000,000 venture; to build a mixed-use, moderate, income rental project.
This initiative features a collaboration of community based organizations, comprising of Coconut Grove Collaborative, Inc., Theodore R. Gibson Memorial Fund, Pinnacle Housing Group, Miami-Dade College and the Miami-Dade College to develop:
Description: The project has been built on 1.19 acre parcel of land. It consists of a new 4-story residential development with approximately 56 affordable housing units, 30 (1-2) Bedroom and 26 (2-2) Bedroom units, and 48 on-grade parking spaces.
Collaborative Development Corporation believes that creating this development is critical to its strategic direction in serving the needs of long term residents of Coconut Grove, who are threatened by displacement due to gentrification and lack of housing affordability.
Coconut Grove Collaborative, CEO Jihad Rashid and Rodney Jackson KROMA Art Space & Studios, Director at the David C Driskell Center, University of Maryland with the David C. Driskell himself; the center's Executive Director, Curlee Holton and their patron-donor-advisor, Madeline Murphy Rabb following the execution of a "collaborative engagement" agreement between KROMA Art Space & Studios and David C Driskell Center
Collaborative Development Corporation CEO, J.S. Rashid along with Mayor,Tomas Regalado City of Miami; Bill Talbert, President & CEO of Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau and others, ribbon cutting the Bureau's new visitors Center at KROMA Art Space & Studios
Collaborative Development Corporation CEO, J.S. Rashid making remarks at the ribbon cutting and handing-over-the-key ceremony for the agency's Village West Homes Affordable single-family affordable homes project
Grand Avenue Kiosk Program, an entry-level, micro retail business initiative of Collaborative Development Corporation that initiates scalable , low-cost business along the principal commercial corridor of Coconut Grove. The programs provides business technical assistance. for the operators of the kiosks .Funding for fabrication provided by the City of Miami
Collaborative Development Corporation (CDC) operates and manages an arts incubator concept (KROMA), utilizing as its model; business incubators, which are designed to foster the creation of new jobs through the development of new businesses. Incubators provide an economy of scale through shared resources - facilities, technology, equipment, and personnel. KROMA incubator will assist artists and emerging arts organizations, while drawing to Coconut Grove new small arts-associated businesses such as cafes, markets, and arts-related entities. KROMA will provide affordable, quality studio space. KROMA will serve as a true home for artists and exhibition, a place where emerging and established artists can create work that deepens their practice and engages the diverse communities of South Florida. It will also serve to reprise Coconut Grove as a destination for the arts and serve as a facet of the overall revitalization of historic Coconut Grove Village West.
Black Heritage Tour
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.
Nassau Daddy Peacock
The "Peacock Tour" was developed by local residents as an artistic project to enhance the community and visitors' engagement. The CDC realized that Coconut Grove Village West did not have a "peacock" represented and purchased our very own peacock and named him "Nassau Daddy" in recognition of the rich heritage of the first settlers and support of this community. The peacock stands proudly at the Collaborative Development Corporation offices on Grand Avenue, dressed in his uniform of a Bahamian officer and positioned to observe those coming and leaving our community. The CDC, with support from Pinnacle Housing Group, commissioned Rosie Brown, a Coconut Grove-based artist, to design and paint our peacock and an official unveiling was attended by community, city and county officials.
Village West Homes
In order to address the critical needs for affordable housing, Collaborative Development Corporation conceived the "Come Back Home To The Grove" affordable housing initiative. This reclamation initiative's objective is to bring back to the Grove historical residents that have been displaced through gentrification. In addition, this initiative will help to meet current local demands for affordable housing.
The CDC formed a partnership with Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida (NHSSF) which has been funded with HOME Funds from City of Miami District 2 Commissioner, Marc Sarnoff. CDC is accepting preliminary applications from prospective homebuyers. The homes are 3 and 4 bedrooms and will be located throughout Coconut Grove's Village West neighborhood.
CDC is purchasing vacant lots and deteriorated properties in Coconut Grove Village West in order to provide more affordable housing opportunities.
Gibson Plaza mixed-use develpoment project
Project Title: Mending A Broken Heart in Coconut Grove
Short Project Description: The Resident Artists of KROMA Art Space & Studios will restore Virrick Park's art installations to the quality and state befitting the Grand Vision of the Renowned Architect, Kenneth Treister who originated the design and works.
· · To use the restoration and revitalization of community art in Elizabeth Virrick Park as a mechanism to engage community stakeholders in the artist process and community engagement.
· To incorporate best practices in creating youth art apprenticeship programs; to engage and educate community stakeholders in creating community art with high-quality sustainable materials;
· To foster and facilitate the continued development of a multigenerational cadre of Coconut Grove community artists dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and sustainability of community art.
* THE RESTORATION OF COMMUNITY ART IN THE HISTORIC ELIZABETH VIRRICK that has fallen into a state of neglect and disrepair;
* We endeavor to develop a multigenerational cadre of Coconut Grove community artists dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and sustainability of community art.
* Engender community pride and engagement
Measures of Success:
* Survey park patronage before and after project completion
*Evaluation by the completed project by original Architect and his peers