[dropcap]O[/dropcap]n Thursday July 30th, outside the old Town Center building, civic leaders, elected officials, residents and City staff were in attendance at 780 Fisherman Street to watch Opa-locka leaders cut the ribbon at of the new Opa-locka Municipal Complex.
The community had the opportunity to join Mayor Taylor and Commission members for the Ribbon-Cutting ceremony which celebrated the property purchase as well as the grand opening of the new City Hall facility. Representatives from the offices of State Senator Oscar Braynon II, State Senator Fredericka Wilson, District 109 State Representative Cynthia Stafford, District 1 Commissioner Barbara Jordan, District 2 Commissioner Jean Monestime, The City of Miami Gardens’ Lisa Davis as well as the Mayor of Miami Lakes, Michael Pizzi among others. With a captive and engaged audience Mayor Taylor led the crowd in a celebratory call and response cheer, “… From Leasing, to leasing, to ownership!”
Between the cheers and chants of the ceremony Mayor Taylor unveiled plans to develop a Municipal Garden and town plaza. The Mayor explained the new City Hall and the larger City Garden project are part of an effort to create a place where residents, businesses and government can come together.
“This is something our City can be proud of,” said Eddie Brown, Interim City Manager. Brown reflecting on his humble upbringing in Opa-locka called staff to a challenge to use the transition as an opportunity to ‘elevate as eagles’ and renew their dedication to serve the interests of the people of Opa-locka.
The City of Opa-locka acquired the 80,000-square-foot mixed use asset, with the assistance of City National Bank and the Rumore Law Firm, this past April, from JWV Florida Properties LLC for $7.9 million. The four-story, office building in the heart of the City of Opa-locka’s Central Business District is located within a Miami Enterprise Zone, which offers a competitive advantage in attracting tenants. The property additionally boasts professional office space, sprinkler systems, high-speed internet
“The City Opa-locka is excited about this acquisition and its potential,” expressed Mayor Taylor. The purchase allows the City to house its departments in one portion of the building while maintaining the ability to generate revenue through leasing the remaining space. “This relocation has been part of the City vision for years now,” the Mayor said. “Now the vision has manifested. I appreciate the tireless work of Vice Mayor Timothy Holmes, as well as Commissioners Terence Pinder, Joseph Kelley and Luis Santiago in making this move a reality. Moving from tenancy to asset ownership, for our City is a blessing from God.”
Residents should keep in mind that as City employees are still currently in the process of relocating, some City services may be delayed. For more information on the Municipal Complex Acquisition and New City Hall Grand Opening, please contact David Chiverton, Assistant City Manager /PIO Officer, at (305) 953-2868 Ext *1213.