Case Study: LCS Development

Business Opportunity: Hurricane Damage Drives Redevelopment and Expansion

Plantation Village

Community at a Glance

Project Scope

Redevelopment, Expansion


Life Plan Community

Unit Mix Before Expansion

Independent living: 248

Units Added in Phase I

Independent living: 44

Master Plan Goal After Replacements and Additions

Independent living: 300


  • Hurricanes caused millions of dollars in damages to the existing community.
  • Expansion needed to align with the North Carolina architecture existing throughout Plantain Village.
  • Maintenance and repairs of aged structures were not cost efficient. 
  • Dated amenities and original structures did not entice prospective residents.

Positive Outcomes

  • Master plan identified redevelopment as a long-term cost-savings measure to damage caused by hurricanes.
  • Charming atmosphere of community was preserved while also adding market-rate apartment-homes and state-of-the-art amenities including expanded dining spaces, art studio, woodshop, garden area and dog park.
  • Construction of 44 independent living apartments began in December 2021, including three 12-unit buildings and one 8-unit building.


Together with Plantation Village, LCS Development constructed a plan to expand and enhance the amenities already present in the community. This includes adding 44 new independent living residences with covered parking, a new art studio and wood shop, dog park, cocktail bar and game room, more indoor and outdoor dining options, and an expanded garden area for residents. Plantation Village offers on-site amenities like salon services, an indoor saltwater pool and fitness center with wellness programming along with transportation to off-site amenities like shopping, dining and neighboring golf courses.

Business Profile

Plantation Village is the first and only Life Plan Community in Wilmington, North Carolina. The not-for-profit senior living community was built on an idyllic 56 acres close to area beaches and downtown Wilmington. In partnership with LCS Development, Plantation Village created a master plan for a phased expansion project to add additional residences and amenities for residents.

Business Situation

Although North Carolina provides a tranquil living environment for residents with beaches and tree-lined walking paths, the state also routinely experiences damaging hurricanes. Over the last few years, Plantation Village was heavily impacted by hurricanes making landfall on North Carolina’s shores which resulted in millions of dollars in storm damage. Rather than only repairing the damage, the community and its leaders underwent a master planning exercise with the help of LCS Development. Through this master planning process, it was determined redevelopment was a more cost-efficient solution for the long-term sustainability of the community. 

Phase I expansion project will add 44 new independent living residences with covered parking to meet the community’s market demand. This phase will also diversify, renovate and expand dining to include outdoor, casual, cocktail and bistro options. Keeping with the community’s mission of enriching the lives of residents, these amenities seek to enhance the experience at Plantation Village. Also included in the initial phase of the project are updates to the community auditorium, new common areas, a dog park and garden plots to expand Plantation Village’s growing list of on-site amenities. 

Development Timeline

December 2022
Phase II planning underway

June 2023
Phase I expected construction competition 

Partnering with Leaders who Listen

LCS Development knows that each community is unique and, in partnership with Plantation Village, developed a multi-phased plan to address challenges while preserving the essence of the community. “We have a longstanding relationship with Plantation Village and share their commitment to enriching and improving the lives of seniors,” said Nick Herrick, Director of LCS Development. “We have worked side-by-side with the Plantation Village Board to ensure they have a master plan that thoughtfully guides their development to position them well for the future. This project is an exciting outcome of that work.”

LCS Development knows the importance of active listening within strong partnerships, especially when it comes to developing successful and complex projects. As an LCS company, LCS Development understands that Experience
Is Everything and that experience is enhanced with leaders who listen.

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  • Plantation Village Magnolia Walk Exterior
  • Plantation Village Formal Dining
  • Plantation Village Seating Area
  • Plantation Village Exterior View
  • Plantation Village Bistro

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