Summarized by Kent Larsen
Steeple on hold, temple work progresses
Boston Globe Northwest Weekly; Page N08 20Jun99 C3
By Caroline Louise Cole, Globe Correspondent
BELMONT, MASSACHUSSETS -- This week, construction workers will begin
installing 4-by-6-foot panels of imported Italian granite on the exterior
of the Boston, Massachussets Temple, while attorneys prepare for a court
hearing next month on the height of the temple's single steeple, planned at
70 feet higher than local zoning rules allow.
Members in the area are excited to see the progress on the temple. "We are
very excited watching the construction move into this phase," said Grant
Bennett, a local bishop. The $30 million building is about half finished,
but construction on the steeple has not begun pending resolution of a
lawsuit by neighbors which challenges the Belmont Zoning Board of Appeals'
decision to grant the Church a variance for a 139-foot steeple.
Bishop Bennett indicates that interior work is also well underway, with
electrical and plumbing work complete in the temple's basement.
Two weeks ago, a USDistrict Court judge ruled in favor of the LDS Church,
turning back a challenge to a 48-year-old law called the "Dover amendment"
which exempts churches and educational institutions from parts of the
zoning laws. Attorney Mark White, the lawyer for the neighbors challenging
the law, say they are preparing an appeal.