LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada announced the development of a second building near its headquarters and the expansion of services Thursday.
Officials said the new building, Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada Advocacy & Justice Complex, will be located at 801 E. Charleston Boulevard. Currently sitting at the location is a vacant former U.S. bank, but officials say because of its age and lack of meeting ADA requirements, it will be replaced with a new structure.
Officials said the new building will have three levels, totaling 40,000 square feet, and a dedicated parking garage. It’s expected to be complete in 2025, costing about $30 million.
According to a media release, two-thirds of the funds were raised. Officials say it will be the first statewide service campus “where any Nevadan who has experienced devastating trauma of violent crime can find justice and begin to heal.”
“We are excited for this growth opportunity to both expand legal aid to the most vulnerable in our community as well as to create a resource and referral center for survivors of violent crime,” said Barbara Buckley, Esq., executive director of Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada. “Whether it’s providing support to survivors of violent crimes, providing advocacy to victims of domestic violence, helping abused or neglected children navigate through the foster care system, or offering a helping hand, the new Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada Advocacy & Justice Complex will allow us to move into the future, providing help and hope to those in need.”
The non-profit organization aims to ensure equal access to justice through free legal advice and representation for those who cannot afford to hire an attorney.
Officials said the growth is necessary, “over the past ten years, the number of clients Legal Aid Center of