LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — An area masonic temple is getting ready to build a new home on Lafayette's north side.
Masonic Lodge 123 has been meeting at its building on Columbia Street in downtown Lafayette since 1967. The building is in need of major repairs, so the group sold it about a year ago. Size and lack of off-street parking were also factors in the move.
The lodge recently broke ground 5,000 square-foot building on the corner of Sagamore Parkway and Schuyler Road.
Lodge member Stewart Schreckengast said the new building will be more accommodating.
"We actually have members who are wheelchair-bound. So that's very important. We're going to be a community facility so there will be many of the community organizations will need to have handicapped access as well," Schreckengast said. "It'll make it easier for our current members to attend lodge meetings and come to the other service meetings. It will also be more attractive, I think, to some of the younger people."
The building at 522 Columbia Street was bought by the Tippecanoe County Historical Association. It's being turned into a history museum.