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Here Is The Church, The Steeple, A Bunch of Angry People

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A Mormon church is seeking two zoning variances in order to build a new temple in Flushing, and it's getting a lot of push back from community leaders who say the structure is too large for a residential neighborhood. Church steeples are in some ways the original skyscrapers, and Queens residents don't want a skyscraper—religious or secular—dropped into a street with a much lower profile than the planned Mormon temple, which is twice as large as current zoning allows. According to the Daily News, representatives of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints argue that their form of worship requires specific accommodations, and the temple needs to go into a residential neighborhood to be near congregants. Queens civic leaders fear that the introduction of a zoning-busting building will set a terrible precedent for the neighborhood.

· Flushing Is Not The Only Place The Only Place the Mormon Church Wants to Build Big [NYDN]