Editorial: A matter of faith

It is good to see plans for construction of a $70 million Mormon temple in Center City moving forward, despite the Nutter administration's almost undermining the deal.

Mayor Nutter should be basking in one of the biggest development projects to come together on his watch. But instead, the administration managed to come away from a good deal looking bad.

Even in reaching a settlement, the Nutter administration still managed to squeeze $100,000 from the owner of the property. The administration caved from its original demand, but still sent the wrong message in the end.

At issue was a lawsuit the city's Redevelopment Authority filed in December against the land-owner, Stephen Klein, after he struck a deal to sell the property for $7.5 million to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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