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Community Newspapers SERVING MIAMI-DADE COUNTY SINCE 1958 THE OPA-LOCKA REVIEW JANUARY 2012 WHO’S WHO In City Government Mayor “Lady” Myra L. Taylor 305-688-4611 Vice-Mayor Dorothy “Dotty” Johnson 305-688-4611 Commissioner Rose Tydus 305-688-4611 Commissioner Timothy Holmes 305-688-4611 Commissioner Gail Miller 305-688-4611 OPA-LOCKA REVIEW OLCDC Helps Historic Neighborhood Recapture its Glory WRITTEN BY: SHARON WILLIAMS (OLCDC) AND CHRISTINA GORDON (CITY OF OPA-LOCKA) his is not about the rehabilitation of an apartment complex, this is about the redevelopment of a neighborhood and the building of a community,” avowed Willie Logan, Founder and President of the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC), on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 11:00 a.m., during a historic groundbreaking ceremony at 15050 Duval Street, Opa-locka, FL 33054, where Logan together with Miami-Dade County District 1 Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan, City of Opa-locka Mayor Myra Taylor, the City Commission, and a list of some of the brightest names in urban planning united, with hard hats and golden shovels, to initiate a new beginning for a community once infamously nicknamed “The Triangle.” “T ––––––––––––––––––– See OLCDC, page 3 City Manager Bryan Finnie 305-953-2821 (Center) Miami-Dade County District 1 Commissioner Barbara Jordan surrounded by (Left to right) City of Opalocka Mayor Myra L. Taylor, Commissioner Rose Tydus, Commissioner Gail E. Miller and Vice Mayor Dorothy “Dottie” Johnson. City Clerk Deborah Sheffield-Irby 305-953-2800 City Attorney Joseph S. Geller 305-953-2808 Shovels held by key stakeholders involved in the community development project construction activity of the first apartment complex being revitalized in Opa-locka – (L to R) Marilyn Oliver Lopez, TD Bank, CFNMD Board Member; (Behind) Eli Bichachi; (L to R) Mr. & Mrs. Bichachi, ELCI Construction, Contractor (assigned for the rehabilitation of this building); Opa-locka Commissioner Gail Miller; Miami-Dade County District 1 Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan; City of Opa-locka Mayor Myra L. Taylor; Willie Logan, President/CEO, OLCDC; City of Opa-locka Vice Mayor Dorothy “Dottie” Johnson; Leo Toca, Wells Fargo, Vice President, Sr. Community Development Officer; Ed Brow, OLCDC Board Member; Eugene Simmons- Citibank. Willie Logan, founder and president of Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC), presents a plaque to Miami-Dade County District 1 Commissioner Barbara Jordan as City of Opa-locka Manager, Bryan K. Finnie looks-on. Photos by Shawn Williams

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