The LDS Church announced Friday that it has cancelled plans to build a 9-story building on the campus of its Missionary Training Center. According to a preliminary piece by my employer the Daily Herald, the church is looking for a different solution that pleases more people:
Expansion of the MTC is necessary but we are confident we can find a solution that builds upon the long-standing working relationship between the MTC, BYU and the community at large. We look forward to further discussions as the process moves forward.”
The decision ends a controversial process that at one point saw church leaders relying on religious grounds to encourage residents to fall in line.
The story is literally unfolding as I write this, so keep checking the Daily Herald website for Genelle Pugmire’s more exhaustive piece. It should be up sometime later Friday afternoon. Mayor Curtis also blogged about the development Friday.
In the meantime, it’s worth noting that this decision shows how compromise is possible and benefits everyone. Residents in the area — who have long opposed the building — should be happy about this development. But the church also benefits by revealing that it’s sensitive to local concerns.