Ogden LDS temple renovation to move forward

The final site plan for the LDS Church's renovation of its Ogden Temple got the go-ahead Wednesday from the Ogden Planning Commission.

The project, which involves creating a new exterior for the 38-year-old temple, renovating the interior and removing the steeple from the adjacent Ogden Tabernacle, doesn't have an official start date, said project manager Greg Rasmussen.

But the start date for demolition, sometime in 2011, is expected to be announced later this year.

"We made every attempt to complement the flavor of downtown Ogden," said Otto Gehring, an architect with The Richardson Design Partnership.

Besides the goal of reinforcing the seismic stability of the temple, which has been considered a workhorse temple and one of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' busiest temples, Gehring said the church wants to attract more weddings and wedding parties to Ogden.

More weddings could be a catalyst for more businesses to locate in downtown Ogden, which is currently undergoing a major redevelopment.

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