Follow the money, if you can.
The Arabia Shrine Temple in Houston, Texas, gave an 80-year land lease to the Scottish Rite Benevolent Association in 1985. The Benevolent Association erected a lavish new building on the property, adjacent to the Shrine's building, at 7575 Brompton Road.
Together the two buildings make up the Houston area "Masonic Center."
Many blue lodges, Order of the Eastern Star, York Rite, Scottish Rite and other appendent bodies pay rent to the Benevolent Association to use the Scottish Rite Temple as their home base.
Unnamed investors want to buy the entire parcel and buildings, and the Shriners are eager to sell.
The Scottish Rite committee members aren't happy with the Shrine's buy-out offer. The Shrine has threatened to sue the Scottish Rite if they don't accept the settlement offer. The Scottish Riters have countered with their own attorneys.
Source: Houston Scottish Rite Bulletin
Image: The Masonic Center in Houston, Texas
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