Since 2007, the Sancars have run the nonprofit Carolina Turk Evi (Turkish Center) that hosts Turkish students and scholars and promotes understanding between Turks and America.

The new complex includes a 9,700-square-foot community hall with classrooms and offices, along with a two-story scholars guesthouse located at the rear of the 1.7-acre property at 1609 E. Franklin St.

The mission is not new, Gwen Sancar said. It just grew bigger.

Read UNC’s original story here.

Photo of 7 people Groundbreaking ceremony of the Sancar Turkish Cultural and Community Center located at 1609 East Franklin Street. Chapel Hill, NC. August 30, 2018. Turkish Ambassador to the United States, Serdar Kilic, and Chapel Hill Mayor, Pam Hemminger, in attendance. photo credit Jon Gardiner UNC Chapel Hill
Groundbreaking ceremony of the Sancar Turkish Cultural and Community Center located at 1609 East Franklin Street. Chapel Hill, NC. August 30, 2018. Turkish Ambassador to the United States, Serdar Kilic, and Chapel Hill Mayor, Pam Hemminger, in attendance. (Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

The Sancar Turkish Cultural and Community Center is expected to open in January 2020.