Obtaining the property less than a month ago, the city of Jackson has a tenant lined up to lease out part of the Masonic Temple, 145-157 Cortland St.
The Jackson School of the Arts plans to move into the downtown space, with City Council approving a letter of agreement on a potential lease with the group. JSA hopes to move into the space in fall 2018, Executive Director Kim Curtis said.
JSA would fill the parts of the basement, first floor and second floor at the Masonic Temple, which was built in 1907 and later became part of Vermeulen’s Furniture. Vermeulen’s abandoned the building to the city for $100 on Aug. 31.
“We’ve grown so large that we are out of space,” Curtis said. “Our vision is to create a downtown art center that will be welcoming to everyone. We’ll have foot traffic downtown because we have all sorts of events. It’s our vision to help revitalize our city with the arts.”