LIVINGSTON, NJ — In the weeks leading up to the official grand opening of Lifetown, a brand new recreational, therapeutic and educational facility that will be the first of its kind in the region catering to children, teens and adults with special needs, the Livingston Township Council has agreed to rename what is currently Microlab Road to “Miracle Way” at the request of The Friendship Circle and the affirmation of all businesses located in the vicinity.
Rabbi Zalman Grossbaum, chief executive officer of The Friendship Circle, which promotes a greater awareness and understanding of the unique needs of people with disabilities, attended Monday’s council meeting to thank the mayor and council before they unanimously adopted the ordinance to rename the street.
“As the very exciting Lifetown is coming to a finish, we’re getting ready to open the doors and welcome thousands of kids for a life-changing experience,” said Grossbaum, who explained that the Lifetown building was formerly the Microlab building. “Now that the block is being repurposed, and with the great neighbors that we have across the street…we proposed the idea of perhaps upgrading the name and changing the name to something that was more current and really tapped into the energies that we feel.”
In addition to the nearby Horizon High School and Spectrum360, which both serve students with multiple disabilities, neighboring businesses include Kessler Physical Therapy, BNE Real Estate Group, New Jersey Ballet, Two Men and a Truck and American Trading International as well as construction companies, hardware stores and more.
Grossbaum said updating the name is a way to symbolize all of the neighbors “looking to the future” together as they “create some really incredible opportunities for [the] community” and build something they can be proud of for decades to come.
“The first miracle was that we could get a building of this size in Livingston, and when that opportunity presented itself, we were so proud,” he said. “We’ve lived in Livingston for 20-something years already and this community has always been so wonderful to our organization, but also the mindset of everybody involved has been so forward-thinking and we are so proud that this incredible space will be here in Livingston.”
Councilman Shawn Klein was absent from Monday’s meeting, but the remaining four council members were all enthusiastic to vote in favor of this ordinance, which was brought to the table by Councilman Michael Silverman.
Mayor Ed Meinhardt said the township owes The Friendship Circle a debt of gratitude for all the organization does for those less fortunate.
“This is a great ordinance; this is a great thing for Livingston,” said Meinhardt. “We are happy to have [Lifetown] and we are very happy that all of the business people who live on that street, who work on that street, have agreed as well. I thank Councilman Silverman for bringing this to our attention, and I proudly and happily vote yes.”
Grossbaum invited the council and supporters to an upcoming grand opening event, with the date and time to be determined in the next few weeks. Learn more about Lifetown HERE.