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What will happen with the Coast Guard land on River Road now that the Loran towers are gone?

Ashley Withers
Source: New Hanover County Tax Dept. Staff art.

Source: New Hanover County Tax Dept. Staff art.

Q. What is going to happen with the U.S. Coast Guard Loran Station property on River Road now that they have removed the towers?

A. There are no plans in the works for the 210-acre tract of land on River Road near Snow’s Cut Bridge that used to house a U.S. Coast Guard Loran Station, according to U.S. Coast Guard officials.

Andrew Lawrence with the U.S. Coast Guard said the property was undergoing an “environmental review” before any plans will be made. This process could take years, he said.

The property no longer houses four 600-foot towers. The towers used to send out the low-frequency radio waves for the LORAN system before the LORAN program was decommissioned in 2010.

LORAN, which stands for long-range aids to navigation, was developed during World War II. But the system couldn’t keep up with the increasingly more accurate and popular GPS navigation systems.

According to county tax records, the River Road property is valued at more than $4 million, with roughly $1.6 million of that representing the office and storage buildings on site.


How tall are the Coast Guard LORAN towers at the south end of River Road?

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