Current proposed plan for the site - a large footprint with underground parking to accommodate overlapping wards.
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The Brookline Chapel in Massachusetts has had years of controversy surrounding it. Tonight, it will yet again go before the town's planning board looking for approval to build. The controversy is that the building is too large for the site. Neighbors opposed the scale of the building, especially in context of the neighborhood and small size of the site, the large overbearing roof, and the amount of underground parking.
Aerial image showing just how small the site is.
I wonder why we engage in such battles with neighborhood groups? Especially when the neighbors desire for a smaller building perfectly meet the needs of the area. Being a good neighbor is as important as any missionary work we engage in. If I lived in this neighborhood, I would join them in protesting for a nicer, more appropriate building as well.
Some of the many links covering this story:
Local News Video
Opponents of Mormon church project gather signatures before Brookline ZBA meeting
Brookline Residents Resist Mormon Meetinghouse
Opposition growing against design for Mormon church in Brookline
Concerns linger over planned Mormon chapel
More than 60 residents petition Brookline to reject Mormon church design
Mormon Church to Build Oversize Structure on Boylston Street Across from Reservoir
Mormon church gets initial approval to build controversial meetinghouse in Brookline