exterior rendering, 1721 Springdale
The Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey is pursuing a vision for a new kind of community center that allows its residents of the neighboring senior and supportive apartment community a wide range of social and skill-building experiences, all within a convenient, supervised, self-contained setting. Thriven Design’s plan increases available day programs and transforms the existing multipurpose building that currently provides adult athletics, preschool art enrichment and special needs programming. The new center will be a vibrant “downtown” complete with hair salon, coffee shop, black box theater, dry goods store, and arts and crafts studio. An outdoor area will feature adult and handicap accessible exercise equipment, walking paths, and a “fresh air cafe”. Not only will the destinations within the “downtown” be an opportunity for program participants to gather and socialize, special needs residents and others from the outlying community will also be provided the opportunity to participate in work and skills training in retail, cosmetology, and the culinary arts.