Detroit's Masonic Temple in foreclosure for $152,000 tax bill, could be auctioned in September
Report says events still scheduled to take place at building in Cass Corridor
Detroit's Masonic Temple is in foreclosure for a $152,000 tax bill, leaving the prominent building in the hands of the county treasurer's office.
"I just looked up our records and on the actual temple we haven't had a payment since 2012. Now that doesn't mean they haven't paid anything locally to the city, because your taxes are due of course
first to the city and when they are delinquent they come to us," said Wayne County Chief Deputy Treasurer David Szymanksi.
During an interview with Local 4, temple president Roger Sobran said Thursday morning that he had already dropped off a large amount of money in the form of a check to the treasurer's office.
"As of this morning, I’m trying to clean up a lot of emails and telephone calls about these issues and I’ve been on the phone trying to reach this person in the treasurer’s office in which we had the agreement," he said.
Sobran says they have started the repayment process.
"We have an agreement that we will pay 60 percent of the debt by June, which we hope to do that" he said. Sobran said events at the temple will continue and he and his staff are doing everything they can to solve the problem.
Szymanski told Local 4 that the temple has until the first week of June to make full payment or else it could be put on the block in Wayne County's September tax foreclosure auction.
The building is on the National Register of Historic Places, takes up an entire block and has more than 1,000 rooms. It houses the Masonic Theater, a concert site for decades for some of the biggest acts in music, including The Who and the Rolling Stones.
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