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Hobby Lobby offers major deal: a free campus in Massachusetts

The Green family, which owns Oklahoma-based Hobby Lobby, is seeking the right candidate to give a Massachusetts campus to, after the initial recipient failed to meet a fundraising deadline.
BY DON MECOY dmecoy@opubco.com Published: February 23, 2012
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/articleid/3651332/1/pictures/1647730">Photo - A building on the Northfield, Mass., campus bought by Hobby Lobby in 2009. The Green family, which owns Hobby Lobby, is seeking to give away the property. SOURCE: C.S. Lewis Foundation website <strong></strong>
A building on the Northfield, Mass., campus bought by Hobby Lobby in 2009. The Green family, which owns Hobby Lobby, is seeking to give away the property. SOURCE: C.S. Lewis Foundation website

Since paying $100,000 for the former home of Northfield Mount Hermon School after it consolidated its operations onto another campus, Hobby Lobby has spent $5 million in upkeep and improvements.

C.S. Lewis College said it is continuing to raise money with the goal of being the sole occupant of the Northfield campus. “The path going forward may involve sharing the campus in some way with another organization,” the college said on its website.

Green conceded buying the property in anticipation of C.S. Lewis College raising the money to operate its facility involved some risk.

“It was a new startup,” he said. “We've donated before, but in most cases it was a church or a university. It didn't work out.”

About a dozen entities are considering taking ownership of the campus, but media attention prompted by the wider offer likely will attract more, Green said.

Without entirely ruling out C.S. Lewis College as a possibility, Green said his family is not interested in holding onto the campus. The family will meet next month to discuss the matter, Green said.

“We will continue to look until we can find a good fit for the property,” he said. “The sooner, the better.”

CONTRIBUTING:

Religion News Service


About the campus

Christian evangelist and educator D.L. Moody founded Northfield Mount Herman in 1879. It now is a coed boarding school of 630 students in grades 9 through 12 and a postgraduate year in Massachusetts near the borders of Vermont and New Hampshire.

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