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Plans for new MTC building draw mixed reaction

Plans for new MTC building draw mixed reaction


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PROVO — Plans for a new nine-story building at the Missionary Training Center in Provo drew mixed reaction Thursday night.

The Daily Herald reports about 100 people attended an informational meeting at Rock Canyon Elementary School to review plans for the new building.

One resident, concerned about property value and blocked views from neighboring homes, called it "outrageous" and too imposing. Another called it "absolutely wonderful."

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says the older buildings at the MTC are worn out after decades of heavy use. The website MTC Neighbors states, "Heating and cooling systems and plumbing infrastructure in the buildings are failing. Interior temperatures are hot, often exceeding 80°F. Pipes are corroding and frequently burst. In addition it is difficult to implement technology in these aging buildings."

The new building at the center of the campus will replace the Melvin J. Ballard building, which will be demolished as part of the construction process. Details of the project can be found here.

The Herald reports the permitting process for the building should begin in May or June. The church wants to have the new building finished by the end of 2014.

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