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Neighbors voice opposition to Mormon temple

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Posted: Thursday, September 17, 2009 9:01 am | Updated: 1:00 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Some north Phoenix residents are voicing strong opposition to a proposed Mormon temple, saying it would be an eyesore and would disrupt their mountain views.

The four-story, all white, 9,500-square-foot temple would rise from the desert floor near 51st Avenue and West Pinnacle Peak Road.

During a public meeting this week, some neighborhood residents accused the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of being Johnny-come-latelies who are attempting to steal their quality of life.

Backers say temples improve property values and the community.

The proposed Mormon temple would be the first one constructed in Phoenix.

City planning director Deborah Stark said the federal Religious Freedom Act permits churches to be built in any type of zoning and does not restrict steeple height.

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