The Mormon Church’s plans to build a temple near Logan Circle moved forward today, as a City Council committee approved legislation permitting the building’s height.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints plans to build a temple and neighboring meetinghouse at 17th and Vine streets – a project they estimate will cost about $70 million and yield hundreds of jobs.
The legislation must now earn final approval from Council.
Ahmad Corbitt, director of the church’s New York Office of Public and International Affairs, said there are about 40,000 Mormons living in the region, who would worship at the temple. Currently, the closest temples are in Washington, DC and New York City.