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Who donated the land for the proposed senior-living facility off Masonboro Loop Road?

Ben Steelman

According to spokesman Mary Ann Johnson of Lutheran Services Carolinas, 30 acres were donated in 1982 to what was then Lutheran Services for the Aging by Abba Lossen Crumpler and her niece, Dr. Mae McFarland.

The property, adjacent to the UNCW Center for Marine Sciences, was always intended for senior living, Johnson said. Ground was broken for an abortive start in 1984.

Lutheran Services Carolinas later acquired 22 additional acres nearby. In March 2017, the agency asked New Hanover County to rezone the 52 acres from residential to an “exceptional design zoning district.”

The agency’s plans call for a senior assisted-living complex of nearly 200 units in apartments and villa-style buildings. This would be the area’s second Lutheran senior living facility, following the opening in 2011 of Trinity Grove at 631 Junction Creek Drive.


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