OLCDC hosts first Nile Gardens Residents' Meeting, January 31
On Tuesday, January 31, 2012, residents learned about the Choice Neighborhood Program and discussed ways they can help OLCDC develop a plan to transform The Gardens Apartments and the greater Nile Gardens community.
Click here to read more about this program, see the event calendar, and take the Resident Survey.
In the News: HUD grants OLCDC $300,000 to transform Nile Gardens, January 10
U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Southeast Regional Administrator Edward Jennings, Jr., HUD Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multifamily Marie Head and Congresswoman Frederica Wilson on January 10, 2012, announced that OLCDC will recieve a $300,000 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant to support initiatives to transform the Nile Gardens community and seek new opportunities for transit-oriented development that connects housing with jobs. Opa-Locka is one of 13 communities nationwide awarded grants to begin grassroots efforts to revitalize housing and communities.
~Click here to read CBS Miami's coverage.
~Click here to read South Florida Times coverage.
~Click here to read the OLCDC feature on the U.S. HUD Web site.
Be sure to visit Opa-locka's new Farmers' Market - Open on Wednesdays!
Come out and support the new Farmers' Market in Opa-locka on Wednesday afternoons from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Nathan B. Young Elementary School (14120 NW 24th Ave, Opa-locka, FL 33054).
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.