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Detroit's historic Masonic Temple avoids foreclosure crisis

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Detroit's Masonic Temple has over 1,000 rooms. Detroit's Masonic Temple has over 1,000 rooms.
DETROIT (AP) -

It appears Detroit's historic Masonic Temple has been spared from the auction block after management scrambled to begin paying off a looming tax bill.

Roger Sobran, President of the Masonic Temple Association said in a statement on Thursday, "We have entered into an agreement with Wayne County. We paid a large amount to the past due and everything is good."

Sobran said the Temple paid $10,000 toward a tax bill on Thursday and is expected to pay another $36,000 by early June.
 
More than $150,000 in unpaid taxes from 2010 and 2012 left the 14-story building in the hands of the Wayne County treasurer's office. But Sobran and chief deputy county treasurer David Szymanski said a payment plan had been worked out.

Like many homes across southeast Michigan the Masonic Temple was facing foreclosure. But managers of the Temple say it was all a mixup. They've been working out a payment plan to take care of more than $160,000 from 2010 alone. The Treasury Department said if they hadn't stepped up with money the Temple could have gone up for 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. Construction on the building began in 1920, and the temple was dedicated in 1926. It has ballrooms, dining rooms, a barber shop and even bowling lanes inside.

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