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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Construction under way on new Mormon temple
Birmingham AL News 23Feb00 D1
By Wayne Martin: News staff writer

BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA -- The Birmingham Alabama Temple's walls are up, and the building is about one-third of the way done, according to Elder Dale Arave, who is overseeing construction on the building, "The framing has been done, and we are pleased with the progress that has been made. Now comes the slow part as we finish up." The Temple is one of the Church's new smaller temples.

When complete, the building will be white marble attached to a steel framework. In about a month the steeple will be raised and put in place on the building, and the statue of the Angel Moroni will then be put in place. Construction should be complete about mid-summer, and an open house will be scheduled for the building before its dedication.

"It will be a beautiful building, well lighted, and as beautifully landscaped as any building of its size in the area," said Arave. "It isn't big, It will seat only about 80 people. . . . You may pass here on weekdays and see the parking lot full three or four times a day. It will serve a lot of people, many from this area, but many from far away."

Arave added that opposition to the building has been little, "We had a bit of opposition from some areas when we were selecting the site (for the temple)," he said, "but since we settled on Gardendale and started work here, there has been nothing but good things from the people involved."


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