Friday: Deal For Masonic Temple Underway
It appeared Friday that the Masonic Temple on Washington Street in Watertown will soon have new owners.
$23,000 in back taxes were paid on the property Friday afternoon.
Watertown city comptroller James Mills said a check from "Fourth Coast Inc." was delivered to city hall.
The owner of the Washington Street property, Garrett McCarthy, did not confirm the name of the property's buyer during a late afternoon press conference, but called the tax payment "the first step in the transition of ownership."
McCarthy bought the building in 2012 with plans to turn it into an arts center, but has struggled to find the money to repair and renovate the building.
McCarthy said he'll lose his investment in the building, but the new owners will now have time to work on the building and find uses for it.
It's "a fine day for Watertown," he said.
Before Friday's announcement of the paid taxes and the apparent sale, there was growing sentiment to demolish the structure, which has fallen into disrepair.