OLCDC is partnering with the City of Opa-locka on a $624,479 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Sustainable Communities Challenge 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.
In 2010, OLCDC sponsored an intense community visioning charrette, the participants of which 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.
After the City received the Sustainable Communities Challenge Grant, the City, OLCDC and the Challenge Grant team members,
developed the Work Plan: Sustainable Opa-locka 20/30 and with generous support from the Loeb Fellows Alumni Association at Harvard University
Graduate School of Design, convened a second charrette, enabling a stellar team
of Loeb Fellows with specific expertise in retail, entertainment, art, historic
preservation, and mixed-use development to focus on the town center.
Since the second charrette, OLCDC and the Grant team have produced the following reports on a series of research projects undertaken to secure background material and trend information on key aspects of life in the City:
- Opa-locka Current Conditions Report, Part I (September 2012)
- Opa-locka Current Conditions Report, Part II (September 2012) PowerPoint Presentation
- Opa-locka Economic Development Strategy Report (September 2012) PowerPoint Presentation
- Opa-locka Housing Strategy Report (September 2012) PowerPoint Presentation
- Opa-locka Downtown Strategy Report (September 2012) PowerPoint Presentation
- Downtown Design Charrette Report PowerPoint Presentation
- Opa-locka Zoning Analysis Report (September 2012)
- Opa-locka Comprehensive Plan Update (March 2013)