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Upscale condos planned in Downtown DeLand

Getting new life — This former Masonic Temple will be converted into a financial firm on the ground floor and five luxury condominiums on the two upper floors. The white pseudo-windows on the third floor, a signature element of Masonic temples, will be retained, but flanked with modern windows.

Getting new life — This former Masonic Temple will be converted into a financial firm on the ground floor and five luxury condominiums on the two upper floors. The white pseudo-windows on the third floor, a signature element of Masonic temples, will be retained, but flanked with modern windows.

BEACON FILE PHOTO

Possibilities — This montage of images shows some of the upscale touches that can be included in the kitchens and baths of the condo units on the upper floors of the former Masonic Temple in Downtown DeLand.

Possibilities — This montage of images shows some of the upscale touches that can be included in the kitchens and baths of the condo units on the upper floors of the former Masonic Temple in Downtown DeLand.

IMAGE COURTESY EQUINOX DEVELOPMENT

Luxury living is coming to the SoNY district in Downtown DeLand.

Maitland-based Equinox Development Properties Inc., which bought a vacant former Masonic Temple at 142 S. Woodland Blvd., will be building five luxury condominiums on the second and third floors of that building. The project is called Southland Lofts.

“We’re excited to be bringing luxury downtown living to the city of DeLand,” Equinox President Trey Vick said recently in an interview during a public unveiling of the company’s plans. “Civic leaders have really embraced the South of New York district, and we couldn’t envision a better place for Southland Lofts.”

According to Vick and Equinox Development’s promotional materials, three condos will fill the second floor, each with a unique floor plan. The units will include a one-bedroom/one-bath model of 939 square feet and a pair of two-bedroom/two-bath models with 1,500 and 1,197 square feet of living space. Those units all have 10-foot-9-inch ceilings.

The top-floor residences are a three-bedroom/three-bath unit with 1,933 square feet of living space, and a three-bedroom/two-bath unit of 1,664 square feet. Both units have 16-foot ceilings.

The condo units will be priced in the low $300,000s and up, depending on finishes and upgrades, and are expected to be ready for occupancy in the spring of 2018. A 28-space parking lot sits behind the building.

The ground floor will be occupied by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC, which will be moving its DeLand office south from 231 N. Woodland Blvd. Morgan Stanley is expected to take over the 3,700-square-foot space this summer, Vick said.

The three-story former Masonic Temple that will house Southland Lofts was built in 1926. It had been home to several small businesses in recent years, although it has been vacant since early 2015, Vick said.

Late that year, Vick was in town with a real estate agent to look at a shopping center he was considering buying, Vick told The Beacon early last year. But when he decided not to buy that center, he noticed the Masonic building and told the agent he liked it. The agent said it was on the market, so they contacted The Baumgartner Co., which had the listing for Surety Bank.

Equinox paid $600,000 for the brick building in a deal that closed Dec. 28, 2015, county property records show.

“The building has good bones to it, (with) a lot of character in the downtown area,” Vick told The Beacon at the time.

In a little more than a year, the building’s reincarnation will be complete, with a character all its own.

- Joe Crews, joe@beacononlinenews.com

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