SEAL BEACH : Planning Board OKs Lodge Conversion

The Planning Commission has given final approval to a developer's plan to convert the Masonic lodge on Main Street into a shop and office complex.

Last week's unanimous vote came despite criticism from some residents who said the proposed project does not provide enough parking and is too large for the area.

Some of the residents have vowed to appeal the commission's action, which would place the issue in the hands of the City Council for a final decision.

Planning commissioners have praised the proposal, saying it allows the building to be developed without overwhelming the neighborhood.

The Masons are in the process of selling the lodge, which was closed because of declining membership in the Seal Beach chapter.

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