dsc_0916_web.jpgOPA-LOCKA – The city dedicated the new Helen L. Miller Center to an audience of over 120 people just before the holidays.  The 6,200-square-foot facility was named to honor the legacy of Opa-locka’s former Mayor Helen Louise Miller, the first African American female mayor in Florida

Opa-locka elected officials named the building after her in January 1997.  “Her work lead to significant improvements for the Opa-locka community,” said Mayor Myra L. Taylor. 

Miller was most notably praised for her efforts to create a Tri-rail stop in Opa-locka, said Alvin Miller at the dedication.  At the grand opening, the Miller family thanked city officials and staff involved in making the new building a reality.

Renowned for her 22 years of service to the Opa-locka community, Miller served 14 years as an elected official.   Her accolades are numerous and include her service as president of the Florida Black Caucus for local elections and the Urban League of Greater Miami, and service with Miami-Dade League of Cities.

The two-story facility holds three meeting rooms, a computer lab, kitchen and office space at Segal Park, 2331 NW 143 Street in Opa-locka.

Soil foundation issues caused the former building to sit unoccupied for years.  It was demolished to make way for the new facility that sits on 74 foundational piles that run 35 feet deep into solid rock. 

“This building will stand a long time,” said Mayor Taylor. D. Stephenson Construction was the builder and PGAL was the architect.