Long Beach

City officials have agreed to give a developer a low-interest, $381,000 loan to turn a mostly abandoned 1903 building into a commercial center.

The developer of the project, renovation of the Masonic Temple at 228 Pine Ave., is eligible for a federal commercial rehabilitation loan because it will result in about 90 new jobs and restore a deteriorating building, said James Garcia, city economic development specialist.

Such loans are funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The 15-year loan to owner-developer Lloyd Ikerd will be at 7% interest.

Ikerd intends to build shops and offices in the gabled brick building, which on Tuesday was designated a local historic landmark by a unanimous vote of the City Council.

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