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LAKEWOOD, N.J. — Construction is underway for the Special Children’s Center, which is located at 501 Prospect St. in Lakewood. The $1.5 million, state-of-the-art facility is designed to initially house 28 children with special needs who are currently enrolled in the Special Children’s Center respite and support programs. Designed pro-bono by Lloyd Rosenberg of DMR Architects, the 10,000-square-foot facility will feature five state-of-the-art classrooms, therapy rooms, bathing facilities, administrative offices, an indoor playground and an auditorium. Once complete, the center will assist people from ages 3 to 21 who have cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism and other special needs. The facility was developed in conjunction with Ralph Zucker of Somerset Development, the building committee chairman for the center. Completion is slated for January 2009.

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