Debated LDS meetinghouse in Boston approved

The Brookline Zoning Board approved a proposed Mormon meeting house late Thursday despite objections by neighbors and some local politicians that the building will be too big.

The meeting house would be located at 603 Boylston Street, also known as Route 9. The Mormon church bought the property in 2007 and has said it needs to build the meeting house to alleviate overcrowding at other meeting houses in the Boston area.

Mormon officials have said they have changed their plans to accommodate concerns by the neighbors but neighbors and local politicians say the proposed building is still too big for the lot which is just over an acre.

Church officials have said that ideally construction on the new meetinghouse would begin this summer.

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