There has still been no groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for the Temple, however workers are currently getting the electrical trenches finished before the project begins. The city council has approved the final steps in the process for the temple to be built.
The construction should begin shortly and is currently scheduled to be finished within 3 years.
The 15-acre site near Greenfield and Pecos roads would have 658 parking spaces and room for a future meeting house, which would likely be built within two to four years, town planner Amy Temes said.
The meeting house will include a chapel for Sunday worship services, which are open to the general public. The temple itself will be closed Sundays. Only church members are admitted to the temple.
Temples are used for church ceremonies such as weddings, baptisms on behalf of deceased ancestors and instructional ceremonies.
Pre-construction work on the temple site begins this month, and the church plans to hold a formal groundbreaking ceremony after the design receives final approval. Church officials estimate it will take about two years to build the temple.
During a preliminary evaluation, the Design Review Board asked questions about potential parking and traffic-flow issues but voiced no major concerns over the temple design.
The next Design Review Board meeting is scheduled for July 15