A Bushwick Masons’ lodge that was one of Brooklyn’s coolest indie concert venues — for a while — is a step closer to getting a residential makeover.
On Tuesday, the city Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) unanimously approved the owner’s plan to build an addition on the top and rear of the Masonic Temple at 1054 Bushwick Ave. and turn the iconic property into an apartment house.
The apartments will be rentals rather than condos, one of the owners told the Brooklyn Eagle after the vote.
The former Ridgewood Lodge 710, Free and Accepted Masons — that was its full name — belongs to an LLC with Yoel Wertzberger as managing member. The LLC purchased the property, which is on the corner of Gates Avenue, for $2 million in September 2014, city Finance Department records indicate.
Bushwick Daily has more on the history of the building here.