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Empty Masonic Temple In Downtown Dallas To Become Office Space In East Quarter Overhaul

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Todd Interests is redeveloping the historic 41K SF Masonic Temple on Harwood Street in Downtown Dallas. The building, which has been vacant for about a decade, will become office space.

The locally based developer and JP Morgan Asset Management acquired the property earlier this year, renamed it the Block House and started work on interior renovations.

"We are busy cleaning up the inside and removing asbestos and other materials," Todd Interests' Patrick Todd told the Dallas Morning News, adding that single-tenant office users have expressed interest in the space.

The Masonic Temple makeover is part of the larger East Quarter neighborhood redevelopment project, which Todd Interests and J.P. Morgan Asset Management kicked off early this year with the acquisition of more than a dozen buildings on 20 acres in east Downtown.

Most of the buildings are similar vintage to the Masonic Temple, which was developed in 1941 for the use of the fraternal order of Masons. The East Quarter buildings will include office, restaurant and retail space.

Among the acquisitions is Downtown’s Magnolia Oil/KLIF Building and the Flatiron Building, which will be home to a new eatery by local chef and restaurateur Nick Badovinus, the Dallas Business Journal reports.

Todd Interests partnered with Andres Construction as its general contractor on East Quarter, Omniplan as its architect and SWA for landscaping.