The Southland Masonic Centre in Invercargill is under contract with a hope that
confirmation of its sale could happen in the coming weeks.
(by Logan Savory, Stuff, Mar 08 2019)
The Southland Masonic Centre is under contract with the sellers hoping confirmation of the sale could happen in the coming weeks.
The Invercargill Masonic Heritage Building Charitable Trust decided last year to put the Southland Masonic Centre up for sale.
For 93 years the centre at Forth St has been home to various Southland Lodges as part of the Freemasons.
Southland Real Estate agent Graeme Ridder was enlisted to sell the category one listed building and it was opened up for tender in December.
Ridder confirmed an offer had been accepted but it was subject to conditions.
He was unable to confirm who the buyer was and added there was little more information he could provide.
Southland-based Freemasons members were keeping tight-lipped on the prospective new owner.
In January Ridder said there was “two or three interested buyers”.
The Southland Muslim Association confirmed on its website last month that they were interested in purchasing the building.
It noted the organisation held a meeting in late January to discuss the prospect and members planned to sort a meeting with Southland Real Estate and the Invercargill City Council about the potential purchase.
The Southland Muslim Association is currently based at Fairview Ave in Invercargill.
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