WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A $13,000,000 nursing home had its grand opening Sunday in Monkey Junction. Hundreds came out to celebrate the occasion and tour the facility, including Gov. Bev Perdue.
As Perdue toured the Trinity Grove nursing home she seemed impressed, but the home was not the only thing on her mind.
“The numbers this month in the rise of the unemployment rate were driven by the public sector firings and layoffs and so we have to keep on keeping on,” Perdue said. “We have to get a sense of certainty in the national and international financial markets. I pray that something is done on the debt this weekend before America suffers more.”
The governor was also concerned about redistricting in North Carolina. A new map released by Republicans last week could lead to a shift in power in the state’s legislature.
“I wish the governor could veto it, because I would veto it very likely,” Perdue said. “I’ve always believed that redistricting should be about voters not about politicians, and I really don’t like what I’ve seen and heard the last six weeks about packing and stacking. I find the terms to be very very un-North Carolinian like, and I’m hopeful that there could still be a change of mind among the Republican leaders and the General Assembly.”
For the most part the sentiment at Trinity Grove was all positive. After almost 30 years of work by the Lutheran Services for the Aging the project is now officially complete. It is the first faith-based nursing facility in New Hanover County and has created 120 new jobs.
“This was a very special day because it’s the culmination of a lot of effort that a lot of people put into create Trinity Grove by giving the land on Masonboro Loop Road 30 years ago,” said Trinity Grove Administrator John Frye.
“Sometimes things take a while but in this case it was worth the wait,” said Ted Goins, President of the Lutheran Services for the Aging.
Although Trinity Grove is sponsored by the Lutheran Church it will care for people of any faith and denomination.