The Trustees of the Supreme Council of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Free Masonry have accepted the town's $10.95 million-offer to purchase about 10 acres of the Scottish Rite property off Marrett Road, according to a press release from the town.
This news comes less than 24 hours after a special Town Meeting authorized the Board of Selectmen to make the offer to purchase the parcel many are eyeing as a future home for a community center.
Here's the press release from the town. Check back on Patch for more on this story as it becomes available.
The Board of Selectmen is pleased to announce the purchase of property at 33 Marrett Road owned by the Trustees of the Supreme Council of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Free Masonry. At the March 18th Special Town Meeting this purchase was approved with overwhelming support, with 173 of the 181 members present voting in the affirmative. On March 19th the Scottish Rite accepted the Town's offer of $10,950,000 for this property.
Selectman Peter Kelley, who was a member of the negotiating team, said this was "an historic moment for Lexington and, in the spirit of the 300th, a truly Happy Birthday for the community."
Chairman Deb Mauger stated that "Lexington is fortunate to be in a strong enough financial position to take advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire the historic parcel at 33 Marrett Road, including the historic mansion and annex, the carriage house, and green space, that has been owned by the Scottish Rite. We look forward to becoming the Rite's neighbor. The Board of Selectmen plans to use the main building to develop a community center that can be enjoyed by all generations of Lexingtonians for many years to come."