BUSHWICK — A vacant Beaux-Arts building on Bushwick Avenue that once housed a Masonic Temple is one step closer to becoming an apartment building, according to plans submitted to the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission.
The LPC approved plans to add a rooftop addition to the landmarked Ridgewood Lodge, located at 1052 Bushwick Ave. near Gates Ave., Tuesday, a spokeswoman said.
Another floor will be added to the four story building, and there will be about six apartments on each floor for a total of 28 apartments, according to the plans.
1054 Bushwick Ave. LLC purchased the building for $2 million in 2014, according to property records.
One of the owners of the company, Yoel Wertzberger, plans to rent the apartments out once the renovation is complete, according to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle who first reported on the LPC's approval of the addition.
The historic structure was built in 1920 and for many years served as the hub for a local chapter of mostly German Free and Accepted Masons who had settled in the area. More recently the space was used as anevent space, though it's been vacant for some time, according to the LPC.
The building was designated a landmark building by the city in 2014.
ND Architecture and Design, the firm in charge of the revamp of the vacant building, did not return an immediate request for comment. Wertzberger and and 1054 Bushwick Ave. LLC could not be reached for immediate comment.