In 2010, OLCDC convened a charrette during which nationally-known urban designers, market analysts, and housing and community development practitioners developed a plan for OLCDC to leverage a $20 million federal housing grant to elevate the entire greater Opa-locka community. The resulting Opa-locka Vision 20/20: A Framework for the Future mapped out the potential for anchoring a transformation of the area through its iconic architecture, an economic cluster of automobile parts recycling operations, and greater South Florida's thriving creative economy.
The transformation has begun in the area formerly known as The Triangle, the heart and soul of Opa-locka, now called Magnolia North. The $20 million housing grant has helped attract funding from other sources. The U.S. Department of Labor has funded a training and job placement program. The National Endowment for the Arts, Miami-Dade County and a number of major foundations are helping bring art into the community. OLCDC has received grants to develop and plant a community garden and to improve the health and wellness of area residents.
The final transformation will result in a revitalized and vibrant neighborhood of choice which will offer rebuilt and repaired houses; new apartment buildings; new streets and landscaping; parks, playgrounds and a community garden; gateways of welcoming public art in place of the infamous barricades that once prevented entry; safer neighborhoods; stronger businesses with more local jobs for residents; and new programs to improve health, wellness and education.