Historical Hurt Building

OLCDC hosts next community meeting on Brownsfields Cleanup Grant, November 20th

OLCDC is applying for a $200,000 Brownfields Cleanup Grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address a petroleum discharge. The discharge was originally caused by a 1930's gas station that operated at the Historic Hurt Building location at 490 Opa-locka Boulevard.

Part of the Brownfields Cleanup Grant application process requires a community meeting to present details of the application and solicit input from the community.

Come out and join OLCDC at the upcoming community meetings to learn more about the Brownfields Grant opportunity and the future renovation plans for the Historic Hurt Building, including space for a new Children's Wellness Center.

Monday, November 17
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Opa-locka Community Empowerment Team Center
2105 Ali-Baba Avenue
Opa-locka, FL 33054

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Thursday, November 20
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Opa-locka Senior Center
14295 NW 21st Court
Opa-locka, FL 33054

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~ Read the Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives.

~ Complete the Public Comment Form.

2014 Art of Transformation events run through December 14!

For details, visit opalockaart.com.

~Read the Letter to the Editor of the Miami Herald from OLCDC President & CEO Dr. Willie Logan about Opa-locka's artistic transformation and this year's Art of Transformation events.

~Read The Root's preview of the 2014 Art of Transformation: "The Beauty of Change: How Art Is Transforming a Notorious South Fla. Community"

~Read The Miami Time's "Opa-locka's popular art event becomes a symbol of the city's revitalization efforts"

~Read EIRAM's "Opa-Locka: City of Transformation"

~ See photos from the November 14th In Plain Sight Exhibition reception.

1st Time Homebuyer Class (English)
Saturday, November 22, 2014
8:45am - 5:30pm

For more information and to register, click here.

Refer at-risk elementary students to the OLCDC's Keeping Our Promise program

Recognizing the importance of providing a comprehensive system of care to improve outcomes for children and support their families, the OLCDC and partners have developed Keeping Our Promise (KOP). KOP provides behavioral health, physical health, and education services to elementary school students displaying at-risk behaviors and attending schools in the Opa-locka area to positively affect their educational performance. The program focuses on building more supportive communities, improving coordination of services, and strengthening cohesive engagement among schools, families, agencies, and service providers.

Student referrals to KOP can be submitted by schools, local churches, law enforcement agencies, local child and family service providers, etc. To make a referral, complete and fax the Referral Form to (305) 919-4053.



OLCDC, partners and volunteers beautify Magnolia North Community Park

On October 11, 2014, OLCDC, Citizens for a Better South Florida, The Alliance for Community Trees, Boise Paper, the City of Opa-locka and volunteers built phase two of the new Magnolia North Community Park.

As part of National NeighborWoods Month, the group planted over 180 trees and shrubs, featuring plants native to South Florida.

They also placed picnic tables, planted a butterfly garden, and installed garbage cans and bike racks designed by local youth with assistance from the University of Miami Department of Art, while the VA Collective, a student art and design group from Florida International University (FIU), painted a mural.

Chair Roberto Rovira and students from FIU Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design (LAEUD) also participated in this phase two of the Park, which was designed by the landscape architecture team of Chair Rovira, Anwar Morales (a LAEUD graduate) and Rudolf Uhlemann.

Read more about FIU LAEUD's involvement.

Funding for this Park beatification phase comes from a grant to Citizens for a Better South Florida from the Alliance for Community Trees through Boise Project UP. The grant covered the cost of the picnic tables and trees and will include an educational component to teach youth about the different plant species planted at the Park.

Read the full press release.



NEA features OLCDC's community gateways project on new Exploring Our Town web site

In 2011, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) awarded OLCDC an Our Town grant and has since selected the organization as one of 66 national case studies profiled on its online resource for creative placemaking. Read the OLCDC case study on NEA's new Exploring Our Town site.

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OLCDC & partners win APA Florida Award of Excellence

On September 4, 2014, the OLCDC and the City of Opa-locka with the support of the South Florida Regional Planning Council were presented with an American Planning Association Florida Award of Excellence in the Grassroots Initiatives category for their "From Pop-Up to Permanency" initiative.



Engrave a brick at Magnolia North Community Park!

Commemorate a special event in someone's life; honor a friend, family, or corporation; or memorialize someone special.

Click here to order your brick online today!

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OLCDC seeks Statements of Qualifications from General Contractors

The OLCDC seeks Statements of Qualifications from qualified General Contractors for new construction and rehabilitation of single family and multifamily housing.

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