Detroit's Masonic Temple facing shutoff notice from DTE Energy

Historical monument owes between $300K-$500K


DETROIT – It could be lights out for one of Detroit's largest architectural monuments.

A shutoff notice from DTE Energy is posted on the front doors of the Masonic Temple.

The notice says service will be cut off Sunday if at least half of an electric/gas bill is not taken care of.


Local 4 has learned that between $300,000 and $500,000 is past due.

Management for the Masonic Temple declined to go on camera, but said they were working on it and hoped to have everything sorted out Thursday.

Statement from DTE Energy

"The electric and natural gas accounts for the Masonic Temple have accrued a substantial unpaid balance and attempts to reach a workable payment arrangement with the facility's management have been unsuccessful. As a result, the facility was posted for shutoff on or after Aug. 26.

Facility management has not complied with a recent agreement for partial payment that would prevent shutoff.  We continue to talk with the management team and we hope those discussions will lead to a resolution that will avoid an interruption in service.

We recognize the iconic status that the Masonic Temple holds in the community and we regret that a shutoff may be necessary, but in fairness to all of our customers we cannot continue to provide utility services without payment."