More than 150 people gathered on Saturday for the grand opening of the new LAPD Pacific Division Community Center on the grounds of the police station at Culver Boulevard and Centinela Avenue in Del Rey.
Offering space for community meetings, a small children’s library and new LAPD offices with workstations for 50 police officers, the community center was created from eight former construction trailers donated by Playa Vista master developers Brookfield Residential.
Los Angeles Police Commissioner Steve Soboroff — formerly head of Playa Capital LLC, which sold Playa Vista land to Brookfield — got the ball rolling on the project.
Soboroff said that while touring the Pacific Division as a newly minted commissioner, he noticed an old Pacific Division trailer was hardly being used because it was in disrepair and proceeded to ask Brookfield officials whether they could donate some surplus construction trailers.
“LAPD is the backbone of our community. We hope that you ladies and gentlemen in blue will be comfortable in this facility and that you enjoy it for many, many years to come,” Brookfield Chief Operating Officer Adrian Foley said.
Staff of L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin’s office helped facilitate the project.
The community benefit project “is a reminder of what vision, partnership and collaboration can do,” said LAPD Capt. Nicole Alberca, commander of the Pacific Division.
— Gary Walker