Specific plans for the property have not been finalized, but Concordia intends to incorporate The Mansion in its future plans to serve people.
Concordia purchased the property from the Raymond Lassinger Family Trust and their company, Associated Ceramics and Technology, Inc. The family made a generous charitable donation as part of the transaction to help further the care Concordia provides. “Our gift is an expression of gratitude for the excellent comfort and care given to my wife, my father and my mother during their stays at Concordia,” said Raymond Lassinger.
“Concordia’s beginnings in the 1880s came after a generous gift of land by a family that believed in our mission, and we are so thankful to the Lassinger family and Associated Ceramics and Technology Inc. for continuing that tradition,” said Concordia Lutheran Ministries President and CEO Keith E. Frndak. “We look forward to exploring opportunities at this property to grow our mission.”
The location and frontage on the Route 8 corridor was a chief component in the organization’s decision to purchase the property. In February, Concordia acquired the former Middlesex Elementary School, approximately 4 miles away, for administrative offices for its home health and hospice organizations – in addition to donating some of the space to a local nonprofit.
“We are always looking for ways to improve our efficiencies and invest for the future of our mission,” Frndak said. “This rare opportunity satisfied both of those ideas, and we just couldn’t pass it up.”