Today, the City of Lancaster and North Los Angeles County Regional Center (NLACRC) jointly announced the construction of NLACRC’s new facility in Lancaster. NLACRC is a non-profit organization under contract with the California Department of Developmental Services to provide community-based services to persons of all ages who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. NLACRC has been serving the San Fernando, Santa Clarita, and Antelope Valley areas for over 35 years and currently serves over 18,000 individuals. Most of the services provided are free regardless of age or income.
The organization will be relocating and expanding from its existing 20,000 square foot facility in the Lancaster Business Park to a facility double its size at a revitalized property on 10th Street West. The new 40,000 square foot site currently under construction is an infill development which will help eliminate blight along one of the major thoroughfares of the city.
“Repurposing a blighted property within the City’s core supports our vision for the future of Lancaster,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “The crucial services provided by the North Los Angeles County Regional Center enrich our community as a whole and we are very pleased to see these services expand within the city.”
Infill projects are a key focus of the City for future developments. Developing projects within Lancaster’s core, where required infrastructure is already in place, is more cost-effective for both the developer and the City, while providing the most return on investment to the community.
Fraber Properties, the developer for this project, is working extensively to revitalize the property. The original building sat vacant for years and was blighted and deteriorated. Thanks to the efforts of Fraber Properties Principal Frank Visco, the dilapidated structure has been demolished and a brand-new building is being constructed to meet the needs of NLACRC.
The new facility is slated to open next year. NLACRC’s current building, located at 43210 Gingham Avenue, Suite 6, will remain open until then.
A special thank you to local electric bus manufacturer BYD for providing transportation from NLACRC’s Lancaster Office, ensuring staff could attend the event.
For more information regarding NLACRC and its services, visit www.nlacrc.org.