Friendship Circle begins Squirrel Hill project |

Friendship Circle begins Squirrel Hill project

Construction is beginning on Friendship Circle’s multimillion-dollar project to create a new home in Squirrel Hill for children and young adults with special needs.

The two-story structure at the former Gullifty’s restaurant site at 1922 Murray Ave. is scheduled to open next year.

There will be a performance stage, teen lounge, gallery and pop-up space on the first floor along with a kitchen and cooking clubs. The second floor will feature work pods, a play space for younger children, a lounge for parents, executive offices and conference space. There also will be a garden and outdoor recreation space on the roof.

Friendship Circle, established by the city’s Jewish community in 2006, is dedicated to removing the barrier for children and young adults with special needs and helping them become fully integrated into the community.

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