By Mary Hurton
With construction beginning this fall for a Client Services Center and Affordable Housing Complex, LASA is in need of assistance preserving a tree.
Set to break ground this November, the Client Services Center and housing complex will be built on LASA’s property on Gravelly Lake Drive in Lakewood. This will require that the current office space be demolished in order to accommodate the construction of the new facility. Many of the trees on the grounds will be subject to demolition as well, excluding the Garry Oaks which will remain in place throughout the process.
LASA hopes to prevent a large maple tree—which currently resides at the forefront of the property—from being torn down. In order to do this, the organization is seeking a donor from the community to assist in relocating it to a safe area for the duration of the construction. The tree is a beautiful landmark and can be expected to turn a bright red for the duration of the fall season. LASA would like to reclaim the tree and restore it to its home onsite upon moving into the new facilities in the summer of 2014.
LASA is a community supported agency dedicated to preventing homelessness and recurrent homelessness. The organization currently provides emergency and transitional housing programs, case management, and preventative services. The Affordable Housing Complex will provide fifteen units of affordable permanent housing, and the enhanced Client Services Center will provide an expanded resource center offering additional supportive services and community partnerships.
Anyone who is interested in providing assistance or extending inquiries can reach LASA by calling (253)581-8689.