Age-restricted living complex planned for Masonic lodge site on Randolph Road

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A developer is planning to replace the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple on Randolph Road with a 198-unit age-restricted community, according to plans filed with the city.

The rezoning request from Charleston-based apartment developer Greystar covers a 6-acre site near Randolph and Rutledge. In addition to the Masonic temple, the site also includes a single-family house.

The site plan shows the age-restricted community would be limited to three stories, with a maximum height of 50 feet. There would be two main buildings. Such communities typically require residents to be a certain age or older, such as 55.

The development is called “Overture Cotswold.” Charlotte City Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing on Feb. 15 about the plans.

The Observer reported in August that Richter Development was eying the site for a 200-unit apartment complex. Richter is partnering with Greystar on the project.

According to the temple’s website, the local group of Freemasons purchased the site in 1975 for $110,000. The temple cost about $2 million to build. The 35,000-square-foot building includes an auditorium that seats 900, offices, a library and a dining room and kitchen that can serve 650.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo