Temple in Gilbert, AZ clears last hurdle with panel's approval

The Gilbert Design Review Board cleared the way Thursday for construction on a Mormon temple and its 195-foot spire on the southeastern corner of Greenfield and Pecos roads.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has not announced when it will break ground on the 83,000-square-foot structure, but officials expect it will take about two years to build.

While the church's plan to build a temple in a northwest Phoenix neighborhood has generated opposition and controversy, the Gilbert site has been generally well-received.

Town planners have praised the project for the colorful gardens, water features and accent lighting that will surround the temple.

The board's action marked the last government hurdle for the temple.

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