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Members of the Church of Latter Day Saints visiting San Diego's ornate temple may have a new 18,000 square-foot visitor center to enter upon their arrival.

The church has submitted an application to the City for the necessary permits needed to build the visitor center on the 7.2 acre site located adjacent to Interstate 5 near La Jolla.

Members of the church first announced their plans to the University Community Planning Group in January 2012. During that meeting, church officials gave planners the approximate size and told them the new building will replace the current 6,000 square foot welcome center.

The new plans come as church members prepare to celebrate the temple's twentieth-anniversary. The current temple, built for a reported $24 million dollars, was christened in January 1993 by former congressional aide and local lawyer, Clyde Romney.

Church officials refused to comment on the proposal.

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Visduh Dec. 22, 2012 @ 8:27 p.m.

That part of the Golden Triangle is already so overloaded with traffic that the Mormons wanting to expand their visitor center is no biggie. And who knows when the "spaceships to Heaven" might blast off and vacate the area? It might be a good idea for the "church officials" to comment. Suspicion and secrecy can wreak unintended consequences.


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