Making the Grove into SoHo
The plans for the Village West, to remake a six block area, which were revealed in 2008, are still at a standstill. A Publix was supposed to be anchoring that mixed use development by now. So far it all sits without even a shovel hitting the ground. The good news in that area is that the Coconut Grove Collaborative and their partners, the Theodore Roosevelt Gibson Memorial Fund, the Pinnacle Housing Group, and Miami-Dade College through the Mitchell Wolfson, Sr. Foundation are moving fast on the Gibson Plaza project. So far, the only actual major construction being done on that end of town.
The PointeGroup still has not given the Collaborative permission to return the Nassau Daddy peacock to it's roost at Douglas and Grand. This was a source of pride for the community. It meant something to everyone. It was a landmark. At present, they are demanding that the plaque that is left on the cement stand be removed. They want no trace of the Bahamian roots of that part of Coconut Grove it almost feels like.
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