Residents petition against proposed LDS meetinghouse in Boston

More than 60 people are petitioning Brookline’s Zoning Board of Appeals to reject the design for a new meetinghouse proposed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

In an open letter to the board obtained by the Globe, the residents said they do not dispute that the Mormons have the right to build a meeting house at 603 Boylston Street and worship freely.

But the letter states that the size of the proposed meetinghouse is far too big for the lot, which is slightly larger than an acre.

“If [the Latter-day Saints] indeed thought that it could construct a building this big on this site, then it suggests that it mistakenly purchased a parcel too small for its needs,” the letter stated. “If the Zoning Board of Appeals approves [the Mormon’s] request for zoning relief, it will set a terrible precedent.”

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