New apartments bring hope

  • CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION: Grove resident Vernon Clark dances with Kaylanna Johnson during a groundbreaking ceremony for Gibson Plaza, a new apartment building in West Grove. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • J.S. Rashid, left, president of Collaborative Development Corporation, smiles after being introduced by the chairman of CDC, Charles Byrd. The groundbreaking ceremony for the Gibson Plaza was held in Coconut Grove on Monday, April 28, 2014. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Bahamian Junkanoo Review member Kaylanna Johnson smiles as she waits to perform with the band. The groundbreaking ceremony for the Gibson Plaza was held in Coconut Grove on Monday, April 28, 2014. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Dr. Padron, left, president of Miami Dade College, extends his hand to Louis Wolfson III, right, after being introduced by Wolfson. The groundbreaking ceremony for the Gibson Plaza was held in Coconut Grove on Monday, April 28, 2014. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Charles Gibson, president of Theodore Gibson Memorial, center, listens closely to the words of his mother, Thelma Gibson, left, as she thanks individuals for their support. The groundbreaking ceremony for the Gibson Plaza was held in Coconut Grove on Monday, April 28, 2014. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Holding shovels Miami mayor, Tomas Regalado, left, Dr. Padron, president of Miami Dade College, Xavier Suarez, Miami-Dade Commissioner, District 7, Thelma Gibson, founder of Theodore Gibson Memorial, Louis Wolfson III, partner at Pinnacle Housing Group, J.S. Rashid, president of Collaborative Development Corporation, and Charles Byrd, chairman of CDC, break ground on the site of the future Gibson Plaza. The groundbreaking ceremony for the Gibson Plaza was held in Coconut Grove on Monday, April 28, 2014. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF