Opa-locka Celebration Week Event: Opa-locka Chamber Kickoff Breakfast
The Opa-locka Business Chamber of Commerce is an organization of business people who seek to build a healthy, growing local economy and improve the quality of life in our community. (Click here to download a Chamber membership application and annual dues schedule).
On Thursday, October 18, 2012, area business owners attended the Kickoff Breakfast to learn more about the Chamber! For additional information about the Chamber, contact Tammy Cobelo, 305-687-3545 ext 248.
Photos from the Kickoff! - Click thumbnails to view larger images.
Opa-locka Celebration Week Event: Progress Site Visit, Magnolia North
On Wednesday, October 17, 2012, visitors joined staff on a site visit of OLCDC's newly renovated apartment homes at 15050 Duval Street and at 2060 and 2070 Lincoln Avenue, and viewed demolition progress and plans for 2145 Lincoln Avenue, which will be transformed into a residential and community center, another NSP2 project included in the Magnolia North Renaissance.
Photos from the Site Visit - Click thumbnails to view larger images.
Opa-locka Celebration Week Event: “The Taste of Opa-locka”
On, Tuesday, October 16, 2012, patrons sampled "The Taste of Opa-locka," featuring Opa-locka restaurants, presented by the Opa-locka Business Chamber of Commerce, at the Opa-locka Historic Train Station.
Photos from "The Taste!" - Click thumbnails to view larger images.
Opa-locka Celebration Week Event: Sunday Pot Luck Dinner in Magnolia North
On Sunday, October 14, 2012, Magnolia North neighbors shared dinner and a fun afternoon at the intersection of James Street and Washington Avenue, featuring live music, performers, welcome clowns, and face painting for kids!
Photos from the Pot Luck! - Click thumbnails to view larger images.
Opa-locka Celebration Week Event: Opa-locka Pop-Up Park
On Saturday, October 13, 2012, Opa-locka residents met family and friends at the FREE community Pop-Up Park, at the intersection of James Street and Washington Avenue, where they enjoyed art, sports activities, games, and music for all ages; got healthy at the health fair nutrition presentations; and shopped for fruits, veggies, and more at the farmers market.
The Pop-Up Park was an initiative of the Opa-locka Parks and Recreation Department in collaboration with the Gold Coast Section of the American Planning Association, Florida Chapter, and the OLCDC.
Photos from the Park! - Click thumbnails to view larger images.
In the News: OLCDC recently took shoppers on healthy food shopping tours in Opa-locka
On September 18 and 25 and October 2, Opa-locka's low income residents learned how to purchase healthy food, thanks to a recent $500.00 grant awarded to the OLCDC by the anti-hunger nonprofit Share Our Strength.
OLCDC conducted three Shopping Matters supermarket tours at the Winn-Dixie located at 17221 NW 27th Avenue in Opa-locka, during which each selected shopper received a FREE gift card to the grocery store and learned the ABC's of healthy shopping on a limited budget.
~Click here to read the Miami Herald story about the shopping tours.
Photos from the Tours! - Click thumbnails to view larger images.
In the News: Meet the artistic visionaries behind Opa-locka's future
Meet the artists who will implement OLCDC's "Community Gateways" program, which will redesign the Magnolia North community's intersections to serve as inviting entryways to a newly-reborn residential and mixed-use neighborhood, while providing public space with environmentally-friendly and functional landscape design. They also will seek to find and train talent (welders, painters, landscapers, etc.) from the Opa-locka area to build, contribute, and participate in creating many of the proposed pieces of art.
~Click here to read the El Especial story.
~Click here to read Blogging Black Miami coverage.
OLCDC has restructured Nile Gardens Task Force; Resumed meetings in September
During the past few months, the OLCDC has worked diligently with consultants, City of Opa-locka officials, and staff to analyze information collected during planning sessions made possible by the Choice Neighborhood Initiative Challenge Grant awarded to the OLCDC to develop a Transformation Plan for Nile Gardens. As a result, the OLCDC has restructured the Task Force's People & Education Committee into smaller working groups to ensure that discussions and activities are focused, meaningful, and productive.
The People & Education Committee is now comprised of Education, Healthcare, and Workforce working groups, and the Healthcare and Education groups met Friday, September 14, 2012, to outline next steps in the planning process.
Click here to read more about the OLCDC's Choice Neighborhood Grant and see minutes and pictures from past planning meetings.
In the News: OLCDC, leaders, residents rallied in support of the Magnolia Neighborhood Renaissance, August 6
OLCDC, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan, Opa-locka Mayor Myra Taylor, other officials, and residents celebrated the vision for a "renewed" Opa-locka, vowing not to allow violence to turn back the area's progress.
~Click here for ABC 10 News coverage of the rally.
~Click here for CBS Miami's August 6 coverage.
~Click here for CBS Miami's August 7 coverage.
~Click here for NBC 6 Miami coverage.
~Click here for South Florida Times coverage.