BRIGHAM CITY, Utah — Ground will soon be broken for the new temple at the top of Utah.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Brigham City Temple is scheduled for July 31 at 9 a.m., according to Scott Trotter, spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The public is invited to attend. The event will also be broadcast to stake centers in the temple district.
Building and landscape designs for the temple were created to reflect both the history of the town and other historic temples in that state, according to Brigham City's economic-development director.
\"It's a beautiful building,\" Paul Larsen said of the temple plans. \"The (Brigham City) tabernacle has been the architectural gem of the city. This temple will be right up there with it.\"
The city's planning commission approved the blueprints on June 15. The temple, Utah's 14th, will be built across from the historic tabernacle on Main Street.
Patterned after classic designs found at the Logan, Manti and Salt Lake temples, the Brigham City temple will have a limestone exterior and face east toward the tabernacle. The temple will have two spires. The angel Moroni will reach several feet higher than the highest point of the tabernacle.
The temple will have four floors and occupy approximately 36,000 square feet.
Parking will consist of 123 surface stalls and 130 underground stalls. Fencing will surround the temple grounds, which will include a water fountain and fruit trees.
\"I think they have done a great job of striking a balance between a historical look and the fact that it is a modern temple,\" Larsen said.
When Larsen heard the announcement in October 2009, he immediately thought of the site across from the tabernacle.
'It's the perfect site in my mind,\" he said. \"There was really no other place for it. A lot of people have wondered if you could fit it all on a 3-acre size parcel, but the two-tiered parking structure resolves parking issues.\"
Larsen, a 14-year resident, also selfishly admitted the location should greatly benefit Brigham City's downtown economy.
\"It will do more for the revitalization than anything we have seen in the last 15 to 20 years,\" Larsen said. \"From an economic standpoint, it's a boon for downtown Brigham City. We will have literally thousands of people coming into our downtown. It's going to do wonders.\"
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