By Mary Hurton
If you have driven down the 8900 block of Gravelly Lake Drive recently, you may have seen what looks to be a major bust taking place.
Local law enforcement officers recently held a number of training activities and department exercises in the former office and adjacent houses occupied by LASA.
Members from both the Lakewood Police Department and the Tacoma Police Department, including SWAT and K-9 units, put the facilities on Gravelly Lake Drive to good use as they currently sit empty.
Both law enforcement agencies expressed their gratitude for having the opportunity to utilize the properties. Facilities conducive to training of this sort are surprisingly rare. Even when they do exist, people often aren’t aware of it and then they go unused, said Officer Jason Cannon.
LASA was honored to accommodate the trainings and was pleased that the temporarily unused buildings were put to a good use in the community.
The Gravelly Lake Drive property is currently vacant due to the upcoming demolition of the property which will take place to prepare for the construction of LASA’s new campus. This project will consist of a new Client Services Center and the Prairie Oaks housing complex of fifteen units of low-income permanent supportive housing.
LASA board members, staff, and volunteers are currently working on plans for a groundbreaking ceremony to take place in May. If you would like to be included in this event, LASA would be happy to send you an invitation. A monthly update flyer will also be published as the countdown takes place between now and next winter in anticipation of the grand opening.
LASA is a community supported nonprofit organization committed to the prevention of homelessness and recurrent homelessness. For more information about this new endeavor or to see how you can be involved, contact 253-581-8689 or visit www.lasawa.org.