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New LDS chapel planned for northeast Mesa

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Posted: Wednesday, August 26, 2009 12:42 pm | Updated: 1:32 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints plans to build a new chapel on unincorporated land in northeast Mesa by the end of next year.

A public hearing on Mesa's annexation of nearly six acres of Maricopa County land on the northeast corner of Brown and Crismon roads is set for Monday.

Doug Cheesman, LDS real estate project manager, said the church plans to build the chapel once the annexation process is complete.

The brick building is expected to be about 16,000 square feet with 200 parking spaces.

"This will be like any other regular chapel in the city," Cheesman said. He said it would mostly be used on Sundays, and the rest of the week for youth activities for Boy Scouts and young women's groups.

The church has applied for annexation to be able to use Mesa utilities.

According to Mesa planner Tim Lillo, the annexation process takes six to eight months. The church would pay for any utility infrastructure-related costs. Lillo described this particular annexation as a "fairly routine" process, with no hurdles anticipated in terms of city requirements.

The Mesa 2025 general plan designates the area as low density residential.

Monday's council meeting is at 5:45 p.m. at 57 E. First Street.

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