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By Kent Larsen

Mesa Temple Neighborhood to be Named Historic District

MESA, ARIZONA -- The area to the west of the Mesa Arizona Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is expected to be named a city historic district this week, the fourth neighborhood to be so named in Mesa. The Mesa City Council was to have given final approval to the proposal, which will protect the 62 homes in the neighborhood from further development.

The homes in the area date to the time of the construction of the Mesa Temple. The Temple sits on a 20 acre site selected by then LDS Church President Heber J. Grant in 1920. The finished Temple was dedicated in 1927. Shortly after the land was purchased for the building, construction began on homes in the neighborhood, the first outside of the original Mesa townsite. Most homes in the district were built between the 1920s and 1940s.

Temple neighbor Walt McIver was one of several neighbors who spent three years supporting the petition. "It gives us a sense of community and bonding of the neighborhood," he claims. The petition for the historic district was signed by 56 people, 60 percent of the owners in the district.


Temple area 4th historic district soon
(Phoenix) AZ Republic 4Apr01 D6
By Betty Beard: The Arizona Republic


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