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Published: Thursday, Sept. 1 2011 12:00 p.m. MDT

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On the other hand
Spanish Fork, UT

The blocks just south of the tabernacle are a bit of an eyesore. If this purchase results in a facelift there, that would be fantastic.


Thank goodness someone bought those properties. Those motels were eye soars to everyone who had to drive past them.

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Over the rainbow, UT

A new temple for Provo perhaps?

Provo, UT

A Temple downtown instead of it's iconic location at the mouth of Rock Canyon? Please....

Lehi, UT

There are several blocks in that area that need fixing up. I just wonder how many feathers are going to get raffled when The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints tries to purchase the street between the two blocks and really makes something out of it?

Everything the LDS Church does is beautiful, wholesome, and good but there are always a few that feel they have the responsibility to desecrate and degrade everything good.

John C. C.
Payson, UT

A lot of possibilities come to mind: A new chapel or two, a visitors' center, expanded parking for a rebuilt tabernacle, a family history center, more room for welfare services? Those who make the tough decisions between needs and resources will let us know soon enough.

American Fork, UT

There gonna rebuild it across the street!!!

Orem, UT

I would really like to see a community center or homeless shelter built by the church there. I wouldn't like the idea of the churh buying more land to invest in business and real-estate. What good does that do?

Somewhere in Time, UT

I just want to tabernacle to be restored!

Miami Area, Fl

More property taken off of the tax roles. Don't complain when your taxes go up.

Provo, UT

The church's real estate investments are a monopoly in this state, and do not need to be increased.

Layton, UT

Rebuild the Tabernacle, incorporate the Mexican retaurant into it, call it the Provo Tabernacle and Cantina and it's all good. Queso and chips, a little carnitas, a talk on families, it will fill the house.

Provo, UT

Yay there won't be an empty lot there anymore.

Redwood Valley, CA

Well, that's a sign the Church is going to do something, such as restore the Tabernacle, rather than tear it down as a total loss.

Deep Thoughts
Salt Lake City, UT


You can't seriously think that a lot of taxes are being collected on that land currently?!

It will be nice to see that section of University Avenue be more like the beautifully restored and maintained area north of it. Since it is one of the main arteries to enter Provo, it'll be nice if the first impression isn't a run-down motel.

On the other hand
Spanish Fork, UT

I fail to see how the church's real estate holdings constitute either a monopoly or a problem. This state was settled by Mormons. Most of its cities were built by Mormons, including Provo. A large number of the state's current inhabitants are Mormons (including 88% of Provo's residents as of 2000, according to the Association of Religion Data Archives). So it's not surprising that the church would own a lot of land in Utah or Provo.

But Provo isn't a "company town" owned by the church--far from it. Anyone can buy and sell land in Provo; no one is obligated to use the church's property in Provo; and the purchase of these new properties doesn't change either of those things.

Andy Horlacher
Sandy, Utah

Isn't that the Motel where Gary Gilmore committed his first murder by killing the attendant? Or was that a couple blocks further South? The last murder was in Orem at a Sinclair station on 800 North.

I would love to see the original tabernacle restored. Then please, don't ignore fire alarms and the smell of smoke! I have memories of things that happened in my family in that tabernacle.

I too am curious as to how they will use property on the OTHER side of the street. Will they buy the 100 South street to adjoin the 2 properties like they did with Main Street in SLC?

Miami Area, Fl

"You can't seriously think that a lot of taxes are being collected on that land currently"

I would agree with you.

However, collectively, can you imagine the tax bill for all of the holdings?


Lehi, UT

@ JoeBlow

I'm sure the businesses downtown will be aghast, and lock their doors, if more members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were to purchase goods and services from them because more people would participate in whatever the Church decides to do with that property. Let alone all of the other good people of other faiths that appreciate the good things that would also be available to them.

I am also sure that Provo City wouldn't accept the revenue that comes into the city coffers resulting from the same people. Just saying, they wouldn't even accept the tax check and just mark it "return to sender."

Are you having a bad day? Did someone poison your favorite pet? Or, are you just disgruntled that the world could be a better place? Most likely you wouldn't even be excluded from enjoying the same things as everyone else because of what the Church may do with the property.

MarieDevine Divine-Way
Kansas City, MO

DO NOT forget the real Zion of Doctrines and Covenants.
When will we build a holy city?
It can only begin when we petition our government to turn to God's written wisdom to rule our nation. We are all to live by every word out of the mouth of God. Matthew 4:4, 28:17-20.

The way is prepared NOW to change and forsake the bondage of lifelong enslavement to employment that is destroying the world. God says He is coming to destroy those who are destroying the world. We must realize He is here as the Word of God being fulfilled.

Time to avoid the greater traps of the employment system, with insurances for health care that deny the power of God and will require the Mark of the Beast to keep tract of our insurance payments, medical treatments and history. Surely it will be promoted as a way to save large sums of money.

Building up Salt Lake City is not where our focus needs to be. Was this a command from God? I doubt it. We have more serious challenges that He is warning about.

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