LDS Church acquires land near Provo Tabernacle


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  • snowman Provo, UT
    Sept. 5, 2011 8:42 a.m.

    Wally West: There is a lot of land in Provo that the church doesn't own.

  • A voice of Reason Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 3, 2011 1:59 a.m.

    Vanka, I have a question for you. This may seem like a ridiculous and overly sarcastic question, but it is simply as serious as your statement about the LDS Church having a real estate monopoly.

    Would you criticize the LDS Church for breathing too much also?

    I ask this because I've yet to see a comment of praise from you. I can't imagine anyone going to an LDS Church for that long and only finding bad with the Church. I am questioning your claim.

    I'll remind you now about the high level of bank-owned land in Utah and throughout the country. This bothers me FAR more than any other entity. Most of the Church's land is put to use, and fills a need. The Church has EVERY legal right to do so. That right is to protect my freedom to worship from people who would prevent citizens from peaceably assembling and worshiping as they may.

    Do you not believe in the same freedom? I assume you do as such freedoms are protected for yourself the same. I simply think you are misplacing your feelings against a group of people.

    Please change or at least peacefully leave us alone.

  • friedeggonAZstreets Glendale, AZ
    Sept. 2, 2011 10:01 p.m.

    @Check this out....I was thinking the same thing. A new Temple??

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    Sept. 2, 2011 7:12 p.m.

    You mean there is land in Provo not owned the church? That is newsworthy.

  • MarieDevine Divine-Way Kansas City, MO
    Sept. 2, 2011 11:53 a.m.

    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.

  • Commontater Lehi, UT
    Sept. 2, 2011 11:33 a.m.

    @ 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.

  • JoeBlow Miami Area, Fl
    Sept. 2, 2011 11:29 a.m.

    "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?


  • Andy Horlacher Sandy, Utah
    Sept. 2, 2011 11:00 a.m.

    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?

  • On the other hand Spanish Fork, UT
    Sept. 2, 2011 10:14 a.m.

    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.

  • Deep Thoughts Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 2, 2011 9:50 a.m.


    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.

  • essay Redwood Valley, CA
    Sept. 2, 2011 9:37 a.m.

    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.

  • snowman Provo, UT
    Sept. 2, 2011 9:01 a.m.

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

  • CWJ Layton, UT
    Sept. 2, 2011 8:47 a.m.

    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.

  • Vanka Provo, UT
    Sept. 2, 2011 7:50 a.m.

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

  • JoeBlow Miami Area, Fl
    Sept. 2, 2011 6:47 a.m.

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

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    Sept. 2, 2011 6:02 a.m.

    I just want to tabernacle to be restored!

  • Livingstone Orem, UT
    Sept. 2, 2011 2:16 a.m.

    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?

  • Devin American Fork, UT
    Sept. 2, 2011 1:27 a.m.

    There gonna rebuild it across the street!!!

  • John C. C. Payson, UT
    Sept. 1, 2011 5:31 p.m.

    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.

  • Commontater Lehi, UT
    Sept. 1, 2011 4:57 p.m.

    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.

  • kiaoraguy Provo, UT
    Sept. 1, 2011 4:41 p.m.

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

  • Check this out Over the rainbow, UT
    Sept. 1, 2011 4:01 p.m.

    A new temple for Provo perhaps?

  • SundanceKid27 OREM, UT
    Sept. 1, 2011 3:19 p.m.

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

  • On the other hand Spanish Fork, UT
    Sept. 1, 2011 2:23 p.m.

    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.