By SCOTT JACKSON
A North Quincy company plans to convert the former Masonic Temple on Hancock Street into a restaurant, four-and-a-half years after a four-alarm fire gutted the historic building.
Ward 1 Councillor David McCarthy will host a community meeting on FoxRock Properties’ plan for the building on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Coddington Building at 34 Coddington St.
McCarthy said FoxRock has told him the building would be converted into a restaurant. The plans include a lounge area on the first floor, a dining hall on the second floor and function space on the third floor. A courtyard – with three bocce pits, picnic tables and bar and dining space – would be located in the rear of the property.
The building’s limestone façade on Hancock Street, which features four Ionic columns, would be preserved as part of the proposal.
“They’re going to try to keep that historic character that’s there right now in the front of the building,” McCarthy said.
The councillor said he has notified residents throughout the abutting neighborhood about the plan but had yet to receive any feedback. McCarthy said he wants to see if residents raise any concerns about the proposal during Wednesday’s meeting, but said he is in support of the proposal because it would provide a new restaurant rather than a hotel or residential units.
“I thought it was a little different, a little unique,” McCarthy said.
The Masonic Temple, located at 1170 Hancock St., was built in 1926 and added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1989. A four-alarm fire gutted the building in September 2013, and it has remained vacant since.
FoxRock’s proposal to convert the building into a restaurant would require approval from the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Board of License Commissioners.
The North Quincy-based company, owned by Granite Telecommunications CEO Rob Hale, is no stranger to Quincy Center. The company also owns the former Quincy Medical Center on Whitwell Street and has been designated the developer for the area of the former Ross Parking Garage.