In the News: OLCDC breaks ground at Magnolia North!
On December 7, 2011, the OLCDC, a member of the Miami-Dade NSP Consortium, kicked-off revitalization of Magnolia North with a groundbreaking ceremony for the first apartment building undergoing renovation under OLCDC's plan to transform the area. The neighborhood's full transformation will include new and rebuilt homes and apartments, new streets and landscaping, parks and playgrounds, public art, and more. Click here to read more about the OLCDC's vision for a new Magnolia North.
Click here for the Media Advisory for the historic groundbreaking event.
~Click here for the Miami Herald editorial: "Opa-locka crime zone can be revitalized."
~Click here for Miami Herald coverage of the event.
~Click here for Diario Las Américas coverage (en Español).
~Click here for South Florida Times coverage.
~Click here for Westside Gazette coverage.
~Click here to view the WJAN Channel 41 News video (en Español).
Groundbreaking Ceremony Photos! - Click thumbnails to view larger images.
OLCDC to receive $1,000,000 for Magnolia North from Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta
The Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta will award the OLCDC $1,000,000 as part of its 2011 competitive Affordable Housing Program to renovate 32 housing units in Magnolia North. The OLCDC will partner with the BB&T Bank to repair the units.
In the News: OLCDC to oversee $624,479 HUD Sustainable Communities Grant
The OLCDC will partner with the City of Opa-locka on a $624,479 HUD grant to undertake and implement Sustainable Opa-locka 20/30, a new citywide comprehensive plan. The plan will support local redevelopment tools for becoming a more livable, competitive, and sustainable community.
More about Sustainable Opa-locka 20/30: In 2010, the OLCDC sponsored an intense community visioning charrette whose participants included nationally known leaders in urban design, planning, housing, historic preservation and implementation as well as city, county and regional planning staff. The resulting Opa-locka Vision 20/20 brought a fresh local perspective and illustrated that the city has the assets not just for revitalization, but for a much more sustainable economy and environment. Sustainable Opa-locka 20/30 will take this vision to the next step.
~Click here to read the Miami Times article about the grant.
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.