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What are they building across from the Grill House on Carolina Beach Road?

Judy Royal
StarNews

No, it’s not a new restaurant or shopping center.

The Long Leaf and Masonboro Congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses are building a new Kingdom Hall on the site at 6307 Carolina Beach Road. The old Kingdom Hall, at 6201 Myrtle Grove Road, was sold to the Wilmington Academy of Arts & Sciences, a private school now located there, in May 2008. The congregations bought the 2.67-acre tract on Carolina Beach Road in December 2007 so they could upgrade and build a bigger, more visible place of worship, said Alfred Wade Jr., coordinator of elders for the Long Leaf congregation.

Since leaving the former Kingdom Hall about a year and a half ago, the congregations have been waiting their turn on the Jehovah’s Witnesses regional building committee’s list. In the meantime, Long Leaf has been meeting at the Leland Kingdom Hall and Masonboro at the one on Gordon Road.

The Carolina Beach Road tract is undergoing site work now, and construction by a group of congregations from various places is planned to take place over two weekends with completion in early May, Wade said.

Currently for 6307 Carolina Beach Road there is an active electrical permit for a temporary power pole, with no submittal for a building permit, according to New Hanover County inspection records.

The land is zoned residential. Churches are permitted by right in any zoning designation, said Steven Still, assistant chief zoning enforcement official for New Hanover County.

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