DRAPER — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced that its new Salt Lake Valley temple will be in the Draper foothills near Corner Canyon.
The temple’s location was announced Sunday in a letter read to church members in south Salt Lake Valley wards.
Mayor Darrell H. Smith said the address of the new temple will be roughly 2000 East and 14000 South.
During General Conference in October, President Gordon B. Hinckley announced that two new temples would be built, one in Twin Falls, Idaho, and the other in the Salt Lake Valley.
Speculation began within days of the announcement that Draper’s Corner Canyon area would be the site of the new temple. The church had purchased a 12-acre plot on a hill overlooking the canyon.
A new stake center is under construction nearby, leaving 10 acres open for the new temple site.
There was no announcement of when the temple’s construction would begin.
The mayor expects the city will have to issue additional building permits for construction of a temple that most likely will be much larger than the stake center.
“I’m sure they’ll have shared parking as they complete the project,” Smith said.
Smith said church officials have not talked to him about the temple, but he expects they will soon.
The temple will be the third in the valley. The church has 130 temples in use or planned worldwide.