TUCSON — The likely site of Tucson’s first Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints temple is in the Catalina Foothills.
The Arizona Daily Star reports that church planners submitted preliminary documents to Pima County showing a two-story, 34,000-square-foot temple on more than seven acres the church purchased in 2010 for $1.6 million. The church also recently bought a home on one acre on the north edge of the possible temple location for $390,000.
At 34,000 square feet, the Tucson temple would be about one-fourth the size of Arizona’s best-known LDS temple in Mesa.
The church has 400,000 members in Arizona, including 30,000 in Southern Arizona.
David Hoefferle, Tucson Latter-day Saints spokesman, said no final decision has been made about the location of the Tucson temple.