LDS officials meet with Phoenix Temple opponents

Opponents of a proposed Mormon temple in north Phoenix and church officials emerged optimistic after they met this week, though nothing concrete came out of it. The Phoenix Property Rights Coalition and Mormon officials met at the meeting house located east of the temple site, 5104 W. Pinnacle Peak Road.The group plans to meet again in about three weeks to continue talking about their disagreements over the temple's height, traffic and other issues.

"If we build the temple there, we don't want to have people that are unhappy," said Len Greer, spokesman for the Mormon Church in the Greater Phoenix Area. "The last thing we want to do is build a temple, even if we can, and build a temple where people are unhappy."

The Church builds its temples where there is demand, Greer said. He put the Arizona Mormon membership at 374,830 and 66,000 members would be served by the Phoenix Temple.

At Wednesday's meeting, the groups discussed "projected traffic concerns, lighting as well as building and steeple heights," according statement issued by Greer and Scott Anderson, the chair of the Phoenix Property Rights Coalition and neighborhood organizer.

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