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WEST BLOOMFIELD, MI-Friendship Circle, a nonprofit organization that provides services and support for children with special needs, has opened a new therapy center in a new 32,600-sf facility here.

Called Ferber Kaufman LifeTown, it serves as a therapy and activity center, and a hub for Friendship Circle’s professional staff and volunteers. The building at 6890 Maple Rd. is the group’s first permanent home.

LifeTown features a 5,000-sf indoor city Life Village, where children with special needs will learn important life skills by practicing shopping, doing the laundry, waiting in a doctor’s office and overall safe behavior. It holds a variety of businesses–a bank, pet store, library, drug store, movie theater and restaurant among them–with operating, completely outfitted interiors run by volunteer shopkeepers.

John Hamburger, vice president of Birmingham-based Sachse Construction–the firm that constructed the building–says he was thrilled to work on “this innovative project for a worthwhile group like the Friendship Circle.”

The Life Village is similar to the Junior Achievement Finance Park that Sachse recently completed in Detroit. The building is part of the six-acre Meer Family Friendship Circle Campus.

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