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Landmarks OKs Bushwick Masonic Lodge's Rental Conversion

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After years of wondering what fate would eventually befall this historic building in Bushwick, the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission has approved the conversion of the Ridgewood Masonic Temple into apartments, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports.

Yoel Wertzberger, representing 1054 Bushwick LLC, purchased the property from the Masons, the fraternal organization who owned the building, in 2014 for $2 million. That was also the year that the LPC declared the building a landmark.

The developer filed plans to convert it into apartments last April, and the LPC has now approved that request. The conversion will see the creation of 28 apartments with additions to the top and back of the building to create room for more units. The architecture firm, ND Architecture and Design told the LPC that the additional units would help fund the redevelopment —in particular maintaining the exterior facade.

The only point of contention were the size of the windows —the design firm will work with the LPC to ensure that the new ones don't destroy the facade. A replica of the front door will be installed at the renovated structure.

Ridgewood Logde No. 710, Free and Accepted Masons, as the building is officially known, was built in 1920, and served as one of the meeting places for the fraternal organization for decades. In the few years before its sale, the property was used as a concert venue. It is the only Beaux-Arts style building located along Bushwick Avenue. An expected date on the completion of the renovation is not yet known.

· Landmarks Preservation Commission approves Bushwick Masonic lodge's residential makeover [Brooklyn Daily Eagle]
· Mysterious Landmarked Masons' Lodge May Get Apartments [Curbed]
· Ridgewood Masonic Temple Archives [Curbed]