Temple plot of doom
I was disappointed that the Nov. 27 Metro article “Underground resistance in D.C.” did not mention that the Scottish Rite-owned land behind the temple and abutting 15th Street NW was, for more than two decades (from 1990 to 2011), the site of a community garden. According to an April 8, 2011, Borderstan story, Ronald Seale, president of the House of the Temple Historic Preservation Foundation, said the land, which was paved over, was needed “in connection with certain conservation efforts” and would be used “as a staging, parking and storage area.” It was unclear at the time if the garden would be restored after completion of that work. Of course, it was not, and the plot has been an eyesore all this time.
So I hope it is understandable that many of us who live near the temple — including me for more than 30 years — are disconcerted to learn that the plot will be used for yet another large luxury apartment building, joining the many others that have gobbled up much open space or replaced lower-rise buildings. Ronnie J. Kweller, Washington
The open space next to the Masonic temple.