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New residence for blind children.

Disabled children who are both blind and have some other physical disability will soon have a state-of-the-art fulltime residence to support them while they receive special training.

As a result of a $2.5 million federal Special Projects Grant, a new facility and campus is being planned. Dennis Kowal Architects of Somerville is providing the master plan and building design. The firm specializes in design for the blind and physically handicapped. Last year, they completed a $15 million Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped for the New York Public Library System.

The new 14,000-square-foot building will house 15 live-in residents plus "residential features" of the building as a training ground for activities of daily living.

At the ground breaking ceremonies, held indoors due to the recent storms, Senator Lautenberg praised the project for meeting the needs of many children who would otherwise have no means of attending school. Lautenberg was instrumental seeking the funding for this project which is operated as a nondenominational facility by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace. The new campus and facility will be located in Jersey City on a portion of a 16-acre parcel. St. Joseph School for the Blind has served visually impaired students throughout New Jersev for the past 100
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Title Annotation:Dennis Kowal Architects to design Special Projects Grant facility and campus in Jersey City, New Jersey
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Date:Mar 31, 1993
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