LDS Church agrees to lower temple height, raise spire

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Photo credit: PHOENIX (AP) -- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has unveiled redesign plans for its proposed north Phoenix temple.

The Church says the new design lowers the building by 6 feet, meaning the temple will be 30 feet high.

In turn, the Church spire will be 90 feet high.

Last year, the church had proposed building a temple with an 86 foot spire atop a 40-foot building next to an existing meetinghouse.

Neighbors complained it would block their nearby mountain views.

Residents collected signatures to take the matter to voters, but city leaders in February rescinded their decision. Eventually, the Church decided to redesign the temple.

Once the Church receives the necessary permits, construction will take about two years.

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