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
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By Betty Beard: The Arizona Republic