OLCDC hosts second design charrette to explore plans for Downtown Opa-locka
From December 1-4, 2011, the OLCDC hosted several alumni of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design's Loeb Fellowship program to participate in a design charrette in a continued effort to transform Opa-locka into a vibrant destination to live, visit and work. The participating Loeb Fellows are renowned leaders in the fields of urban revitalization, affordable housing development, community planning, and sustainable public art, and bring years of experience, expertise and creative problem-solving to apply in Opa-locka. The Loeb Fellows worked closely with OLCDC staff and local leaders to explore ideas for the revitalization of Downtown Opa-locka that is centered on the arts and culture.
The OLCDC's first design charrette, held in December 2010, resulted in the Opa-locka Vision 20/20: A Framework for the Future of Magnolia North. Click here to read the report.
OLCDC & partners donate free backpacks and school supplies to 345 Opa-locka children
On August 18, 2011, the OLCDC partnered with Walmart, Progressive Firefighters Association, Urban League of Greater Miami, Creative Choice and 34ways Foundation to donate backpacks and school supplies to 345 children living in The Gardens Apartments, a public housing community in Opa-locka.
Before "the giveaway," three Gardens Apartment families shopped for the supplies at Walmart with members of the Progressive Firefighters Association. Partner volunteers then filled and distributed the backpacks at The Gardens Apartments, home to hundreds of needy families. Thanks to OLCDC and its partners, many of the kids from the community returned to school with the supplies they need.
Shopping & Giveaway Photos! - Click thumbnails to view larger images.
In the News: OLCDC leads effort to revitalize Magnolia North
An August 4, 2011, South Florida Times article, entitled "OLCDC takes lead in remaking 'Triangle' area," details the OLCDC-led multifaceted effort to revitalize Magnolia North.
In the News: OLCDC to share in $2.6 million federal grant for ‘green jobs’
The OLCDC and its subsidiary Jamii Builders, in partnership with the Training Fund of Laborer's International Union of North America (LIUNA), South Florida Workforce and the Local Laborer's Union 1652, will share $2.6 million from the U.S. Labor Department's Green Jobs Innovation Program. The grant will pay to train at least 40 people in two sessions per year for three years to provide them with skills in 'green' construction and weatherization. After training, they will qualify for LIUNA Apprenticeship programs and jobs that provide career growth opportunities.
~Click here to read more about the grant in the South Florida Times.
In the News: OLCDC receives $250,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts
The OLCDC will receive a $250,000 Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, one of only 51 grants awarded nationwide, to implement its "Community Gateways" project, the public art component of the Magnolia North redevelopment.
The "Community Gateways" project will remove the remaining metal barricades that have divided Opa-locka for thirty years, redesign the community's intersections to serve as inviting entryways to a newly-reborn Magnolia North residential and mixed-use neighborhood, and provide public open space with environmentally functional landscape design.
~Click here to read about the grant in the South Florida Times.
OLCDC co-hosts the community meeting, "Future Plan for Gardens Apartments"
On July 28, 2011, the OLCDC, along with The City of Opa-locka, Urban League of Greater Miami and Creative Choice, presented a community meeting to engage residents in a discussion about the future plans for the Gardens Apartments.
In the News: Jamii Builders graduates first Training classes. See graduation photos!
On July 15, 2011, OLCDC's construction services subsidiary Jamii Builders, LLC, graduated its first Residential Construction & Weatherization Training classes, along with co-sponsors Laborers International Union of North America, Opa-locka Vice-Mayor Dottie Johnson, and Miami-Dade Commissioner, District 1, Barbara Jordan. 39 students received certificates for completing Jamii's training programs.
~Click here to see Community Newspapers coverage of the celebration.
Graduation Ceremony Photos! - Click thumbnails to view larger images.
Jamii Builders offers 2-week Weatherization Training program
From July 5 through July 15, 2011, OLCDC's construction services subsidiary, Jamii Builders, LLC, and co-sponsors Laborers International Union of North America, Opa-locka Vice-Mayor Dottie Johnson, and Miami-Dade Commissioner, District 1, Barbara Jordan, offered a 2-week Weatherization Training program.
In the News: Jamii Builders conducts 3 weeks of Residential Construction Training
From June 13 through July 1, 2011, OLCDC's construction services subsidiary, Jamii Builders, LLC, and co-sponsors Laborers International Union of North America, Opa-locka Vice-Mayor Dottie Johnson, and Miami-Dade Commissioner, District 1, Barbara Jordan, conducted a 3-week comprehensive Residential Construction Training program.
~Click here to read the June 19 Miami Herald article, "Program sends unemployed back to work."