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On 26 April 2008, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced plans to build a new temple in Gilbert, Arizona. This will be the fifth temple in Arizona and the third temple in the Phoenix metro area. The Gilbert Temple will have a total of three stories and a footprint of 26,000 square feet, with a spire 195 feet in total height. The temple will be built on 15 acres at the southeast corner of Greenfield Road and Pecos Road.
Construction on the site is now underway, with an expected completion date sometime in 2013. Home prices have notoriously shot up in areas surrounding LDS Temples.
As the focal point of the Mormon faith, a new temple tends to raise property values because church members like to live nearby. And for those outside the faith, temples have a reputation of being good neighbors and can anchor the long-term quality of an area.
The newest LDS temple in the U.S. opened in August in Twin Falls, Idaho. As has happened elsewhere, lots around the temple are now bringing higher prices than other places in the city.
Plans for the Gilbert temple were announced in April for a site on the corner of Pecos and Greenfield roads near Loop 202. Temples are also in the works for Phoenix and the Gila Valley in eastern Arizona. The site for the Phoenix temple will be announced soon.
Construction of three new temples reflects the growth of the LDS community in Arizona.
The new Gilbert temple is 13 miles south of the 81-year-old Mesa temple and is intended to serve the growing Mormon population in the southeast Valley, where about 100,000 Mormons live. The church recently built two Gilbert meetinghouses, where members gather on Sundays, and it expects to build more as Gilbert grows.
Zac Coplan March 5th, 2011