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A New Place To Worship

Jan 09, 2015 10:25AM ● Published by Tammy Nakamura

A New Place To Worship

Three congregations from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have a new place to worship. It has taken three years for construction, but the new Valley View building was dedicated on Dec. 14.

The 19,400-square-foot church sits on the corner of 2000 East and 3900 South. It serves the Sixth, Tenth and First Wards. The chapel seats 300 people.

The church includes a cultural hall, 16 classrooms and six offices. The new exterior of the building was designed to be reminiscent of the original Valley View meetinghouse.

The pipe organ that was a hallmark of the original chapel was also preserved in the new building. New technologies and construction methods were used to create energy efficiency and conservation for electricity, gas, landscaping and water use.

Scott Buchanan, a longtime local church member and spokesman for the project, said the original meetinghouse was built in 1950.  It was in the process of remodeling the old church that it was decided that an entirely new building was needed.

“There were seismic issues, so we evaluated our situation and decided to re-build,” he said.

“Members are excited to have a place to call their own,” Buchanan said. “They have been doubling up in other wards while their church was under construction.”  
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