Mormons to build meetinghouse, town homes on Parkway

Mormons announced plans on Wednesday to build companions to its new temple rising on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-Day Saints, standing with Mayor Michel Nutter and City Council President Darrell Clarke, detailed the group’s intentions to build a meetinghouse and 32-story residential tower at 1601 Vine St. at the corner of 16th and Vine streets in Center City. The temple, under construction at 17th and Vine Streets, will be completed by 2016.

The building, designed by New York outfit Robert A.M. Stern Architects, includes a 32-story, high-rise residential tower with 258 rental apartments, 13 rental townhomes and retail space along 16th Street. The meetinghouse next door will “provide a place of worship and community gathering for the Mormon Church,” which will consist of a chapel, family history center, a cultural center and an outdoor courtyard, according to Michael Marcheschi, of the LDS Special Project’s Department.

“Philadelphia is on the rise as our skyline is reshaped,” Nutter said.

Facts

The city will not contribute any money toward the project.

The church said the project will create a maximum of 1,800 jobs.

No groundbreaking date has been set.

The project, which will take about two years to build, is subject to approval by the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority and other city agencies.

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