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Proposed temple in Philadelphia hops hurdle

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is proposing to construct a monumental, $70 million temple on a block at 18th and Vine streets in Center City that will serve its growing membership throughout the Delaware Valley and beyond.

The temple will add another major anchor to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, which is already being enhanced by the construction of the new museum for the Barnes Foundation. The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul is also nearby as well as other museums that dot the parkway.

The project has other significance. This will be the first temple to be constructed in Pennsylvania, and enable Mormons living in the region to attend services and special occasions, such as weddings, without having to drive to Manhattan or Washington, D.C. It will serve the 30,000 church members between northern Delaware, South Jersey and from Harrisburg eastward, said Elder Robert B. Smith, Area Seventy, who oversees church activities in the area.

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