”We give money to the grand lodge and they distribute it to charitable organizations we specify,” LoConte said.
The lodge is a place to socialize and to learn, especially when it hosts events such as historical presentations on subjects ranging from music to the economy to famous Italian people and their contributions to the world.
Picone, a real estate broker with ReMax in Haverhill, is marketing the property and said it would be attractive for use as a restaurant or other retail business, while the two upstairs levels could be turned into apartments or condominiums.
”The back of the building has a panoramic view of the river and the boardwalk,” Picone said. “You could put a big deck out there for an eating establishment, or if you wanted residential on the top two floors, you could build balconies.”
Picone said he has shown the building to people looking to open a restaurant, which would fit the city’s restaurant district.
”We have four floors, but we only use the main street floor and the basement floor,” Picone said. “The third floor is used for storage for the drum and bugle corps and the fourth floor is empty.”
He said the lodge also owns land behind the building that would allow for building a set of enclosed stairs with an elevator. There is also parking behind the building.
Happenings at the Sons of Italy in Haverhill:
45s card game tournaments are Wednesdays at 7 p.m. led by Ray Farmer and Tony Santoro, and Fridays at 7:30 p.m. led by Bob Maffeo and Katie LoConte
The Sons of Italy Drum & Bugle Corps is in the midst of its parade season. For more information, contact Bob LaFountain at 978-373-0437.
Pasta Fagioli Cookoff is Sept. 21. To sign up, contact Katie LoConte at 603-689-4772 or Carmine LoConte at 978-373-1447.
An Italian Dinner is Oct. 19. October is Italian Heritage month.
A Turkey Raffle is Nov. 1.