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Published: Sunday, June 5 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Boise, ID

I really like that low slung look of the single story temples. The big box look of some temples like Calgary and Kansas City just doesn't do it. Do you suppose we can vote on them? Naw, probably not.

Highland, UT

Yeah! More temples!

Kaysville, UT

Compromise is a good thing.

Congratulations to the neighbors and the LDS Church on your mutual victories.

Santee, CA

Is this new temple location in Peoria?

I'm sorry to hear that so many were opposed to the extent of having the height and width of the spire to be modified. CONGRATULATIONS to the community and the LDS members for coming together for a compromise. That's how great relationships have begun.

Somewhere in Time, UT

We were just at this Temple site a couple of weeks ago. I can't see anything that neighbors would complain about. They were just mostly being nasty. There is already a large chapel next door. The Temple would create no more traffic or disruption during the week than the Church building does on Sunday. It's not in a sleepy neighborhood. It's on a main road that already has plenty of traffic that the neighbors should be used to.

The fact is, Temples always upgrade any neighborhood and bring everyone's property values up--not to mention the fact that they are beautiful buildings with beautiful grounds. These kinds of protests are just silly.

Weston Jurney
West Jordan, UT

I've followed the Phnix Phuss in the Arizona papers. I am really surprised that the neighborhood group compromised. They were opposing absolutely everything about the temple: height, color, lighting, supposed impacts on ecology and traffic, parking, and the doctrines of the church building it. It got to resemble the game Whack-A-Mole. Most recently they were claiming that the temple needed far more parking than the design provided, because it had 120 rooms! (Just how many parking spaces a broom closet needs they wouldn't say exactly.)

Here in Utah, West Valley City just approved the design of a new Super Target store with 135,400 square feet of floor space and 543 parking spaces. The Arizona NIMBYs wanted the 58,000 square foot temple to have 553!

I am pleased that the sides finally reached a rapprochement. It'll be interesting in a year or three when the neighbors find that the temple was a good thing for them all along.

Salt Lake City, UT

It's too bad it looks so ugly. It looks like a suburban office building with a spire. :(

Beverly Hills, CA

"Stenar | 4:52 p.m. June 5, 2011
Salt Lake City, UT
It's too bad it looks so ugly. It looks like a suburban office building with a spire. :("

The point isn't to be the biggest or most beautiful building, the point is to make the Temples around the world fit the needs of the community and balance the local scenery. This is done at all temple locations. The most important thing is Temple work getting done.

Cedar City, UT

Looks beautiful. If people find peace and serenity going to the temple, I have no problem with that. I think it is great.

Kearns, UT

I'll bet the amusement park across the street causes more noise, generates more traffic, and has a lot more gaudy lights than the temple ever would.

Montana Mormon
Miles City, MT

The temple closely resembles the Billings Montana Temple. The residents in west Billings put up quite a fuss over the multiple-story design, but they finally relented with the single-story 33,000-square-foot design that we currently have. It's a beautiful temple, inside and out.

Beaverton, OR

Fear of the unknown is what drives the community around a construction site of a temple. Once the temple is built, and the lighting procedures are in place for the communities liking, they find that they actually want more lighting to help with their neighborhood's crime prevention.

Weiser, ID

I will trade my house for any of thier's. That would be awesome to have your property and house worth go up like they always do, especially in such a down ecomony and housing market. They will be grateful later on.

Sterling Heights, MI

I served my mission in Phoenix in the same area that the temple is being built. I am so happy to see this finally is being built. We have a small one story temple in our community. I can tell you it compliments the area very nicely.My feeling is that it could have been larger but that does not mean more grand in design on the outside. I understand that in some areas of the world,a majestic design makes a strong statement about the church and is needed. After Phoenix gets its 2nd and 3rd temple then people will begin to understand.

Phoenix, AZ

It hasn't the appearance or attractions of a temple. They should just build it as stake house and look for another site for a temple with out all the restrictions. If they are going to do it, then they should do it right, or wait for another time. North Phoenix deserves better.

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

I find it instersting that the Arizona Republic covered the raucous protests against the temple so heavily, but they have failed to cover either the truly amazing joint agreement in light of the vehemence previously expressed against the temples by neighbors or the ground breaking. They have also failed to report on the temple website that so heavily undermines some of the previous claims about the temple.

This is one of the most extreme examples of selective and pro-controversy reporting I have ever seen.

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

I am still shocked that 1 foot reduction in the temple height was able to appease anyone. I have to admit it makes it seem like they just wanted the sense of pwoer out of getting people to change things more than any real concern about how high the steeple was.

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

The temple is within the city borders of Phoenix. It is within the boundaries of the village of Deer Valley. Phoenix is subdivided into about ten so-called "urban villages". Where the temple is located it is right across the street from Glendale.

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