The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has completed construction of a new meetinghouse on the east side of Tucson. The new building is located at 700 East Sahuarita Road, in the Corona area. The public is invited to an open house at the new building Saturday, January 17th, from 9 AM to 6 PM. There will be guided tours, or visitors may walk through the building on their own. Informational displays will also be in place, and light refreshments will be served.
In the process of construction, the builders upgraded the water line from a 6-inch to an 8-inch pipe coming in from Charleston Road. This improvement effectively doubles water capacity, and will consequently benefit all area subdivisions with better water flow, pressure and fire protection.
The structure is 16,558 square feet and sits on 5.9 acres. Chief architect Bruce Call explained that the southwest style is a result of compliance with local requirements, and that the landscaping is designed to blend with the natural surroundings, with some greenery close to the building.
The chapel area seats 271. The building also includes several classrooms, a basketball court that converts to a multipurpose room, and administrative offices. Unlike temples, which are reserved for more sacred ordinances, meetinghouses are used for Sunday worship and weekly activities for men, women, youth, and children. The public is welcome to attend any of those events.
President A. Cole Thies, ecclesiastical leader for the Church in the Rincon area, commented, “We are grateful to be able to build in the Corona community and hope this building will be of benefit to all its residents.”