By Kent Larsen
LDS Church Sets Site for Redlands Temple
REDLANDS, CALIFORNIA -- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will
build its announced Redlands Temple on the Northwest corner of 5th and
Wabash Avenues, next to the Redlands Stake Center. The proximity will allow
the Temple, one of the Church's new "smaller" temples, to share the parking
lot with the Stake Center.
Redlands officials were at first surprised when the Church announced it
would build a Temple in the city because no plans had been filed. Usually,
an announcement of a construction project comes only after plans have been
filed. But for LDS Church members, the construction of a Temple is so
momentous that announcements often preceed the filing process.
But that difference led Redlands officials to speculate that the Church
would build the Temple in the "donut hole," a 1,000 acre area of
unincorporated county land that is completely surrounded by the city of
Redlands. But in the end the Church chose the 5th and Wabash site, which is
inside city boundaries.
Local Church officials and members are all anticipating the construction of
the Temple. "Everybody's extremely excited about this," says Redlands Stake
President Douglas Glauser. "[It will be] wonderful to have the temple closer
and more accessible." The new temple will serve a district of about 70,000
church members in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Glauser said that
church officials are contacting neighbors to give them information about the
building and answer any questions they may have.
Church names new temple site
Riverside CA Press-Enterprise 12Jun01 D1
By Amy Diaz: Press-Enterprise
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