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National arm of local LDS temple sues Highland, city-parish over proposed development

So figure this one out:

"The Utah-based parent organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which has a local temple on Highland Road, is suing @Highland—the mixed-use development adjacent to the temple; Key Real Estate Co., which is planning to develop a multifamily complex on the site; and, the city-parish, which approved the controversial complex earlier this summer.

The Temple Corporation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints filed the suit Aug. 20 in 19th Judicial District Court, seeking to stop the 240-unit complex from going forward.

The suit argues that when the Metro Council approved the project in July, it failed to consider:

• The promotion of public health, safety and welfare, as required by law;

• The project’s impact on existing buildings of cultural significance, such as the temple;

• The relationship between the proposed project and surrounding uses, particularly the uses of the temple site;

• The density and height of the project and its compatibility with surrounding properties;

• The preservation and protection of wetlands.

The suit is the latest twist in the controversy over the two-story complex, which many residents of the area oppose because of the increased drainage and flooding problems they fear it will bring to their area.
Ironically, leaders of the local temple were not among the angry neighbors who spoke against the project when it came before the Planning Commission in June or the Metro Council in July.

On the contrary, @Highland owner Mo Vij, who originally developed the property in 2016 as an office park and only recently partnered with Key on the apartment complex, says he was “pretty shocked” by the lawsuit because the temple’s local leadership has seemingly been on board.

“The local church has no problem with it,” Vij says. “They know everything. We have been in constant contact with them and they have been nothing but supportive of us.”
He says he doesn’t know why the parent organization would sue over the project.
In a statement, the stake president of the Baton Rouge church also suggests the temple has always had a good relationship with @Highalnd.
“The developer has been a great neighbor and the intent is to have proper conversations to ensure the core mission of helping others come to Christ is preserved,” says Eric Bascom, Baton Rouge Louisiana stake president for the church.
But the lawsuit does not appear to be seeking a proper conversation. In addition to asking the court to block the project, the suit alleges that when @Highland was originally developed, the developers failed to secure required wetlands permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and failed to take proper wetlands mitigation measures.

Vij calls the allegation ridiculous and untrue.
“They are just trying to throw everything at us including the kitchen sink,” he says. “It is very disheartening.
Parish Attorney Andy Dotson says the city-parish cannot comment on pending litigation."
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So there seems to be there some kind of lack of communication between the Local leadership and the main Church Temple Corporation.
Awkward for those local leaders.

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1 hour ago, JAHS said:

Ironically, leaders of the local temple were not among the angry neighbors…

I get the feeling they don’t understand the way the Church is organized, what the temple is, nor church social dynamics. 
 

An angry temple president and his counselors and their wives protesting at a local city council meeting….that would be something to see.

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8 hours ago, Calm said:

I get the feeling they don’t understand the way the Church is organized, what the temple is, nor church social dynamics. 
 

An angry temple president and his counselors and their wives protesting at a local city council meeting….that would be something to see.

We had a temple president that almost got a petition made about garments being sold only in the US, things have changed since then but I wouldn't attach my name to that!

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Filing lawsuits, while sometimes necessary, are seldom a good look for the church.

IIRC the temple has been there for about 20 years so it's not like it's some kind of protected, historic building for the city of Baton Rouge. I can't imagine the lawsuit will win many friends and I find it a bit ironic that the church is disputing housing near the temple. Perhaps the church only likes housing developments near temples that it is invested in ;) 

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15 hours ago, JAHS said:

National arm of local LDS temple sues Highland, city-parish over proposed development

So figure this one out:

"The Utah-based parent organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which has a local temple on Highland Road, is suing @Highland—the mixed-use development adjacent to the temple; Key Real Estate Co., which is planning to develop a multifamily complex on the site; and, the city-parish, which approved the controversial complex earlier this summer.

The Temple Corporation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints filed the suit Aug. 20 in 19th Judicial District Court, seeking to stop the 240-unit complex from going forward.

Huh!  I learn something new every day.  I have never heard of this "Temple Corporation," and yet it exists.  From the Utah BES ("Business Entity Search") website:

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TEMPLE CORPORATION OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS

Update this Business

Entity Number: 1384068-0140
Company Type: Corporation - Domestic - Non-Profit
Address: 50 E NORTH TEMPLE Salt Lake City, UT 84150
State of Origin: UT
Registered Agent: CORPORATE AGENT SERVICES, LLC
Registered Agent Address:
36 S STATE ST STE 1900
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
View Management Team

Status: Active

Purchase Certificate of Existence

Status: Active status-green.png as of 10/12/2010
Renew By: 11/30/2021
Status Description: Current
The "Current" status represents that a renewal has been filed, within the most recent renewal period, with the Division of Corporations and Commercial Code.
Employment Verification: Not Registered with Verify Utah

History

View Filed Documents

Registration Date: 11/26/1997
Last Renewed: 09/15/2020

Additional Information

NAICS Code: 8139 NAICS Title: 8139-Business, Professional, Labor, Poli

I suspect the Church formed in in 1997 to manage construction of temples.

Also, the article does not make it immediately clear that this story is from Lousiana and pertains to the Baton Rouge Lousiana Temple, the current president of which is Terrence M. Donahue.

15 hours ago, JAHS said:

The suit argues that when the Metro Council approved the project in July, it failed to consider:

• The promotion of public health, safety and welfare, as required by law;

• The project’s impact on existing buildings of cultural significance, such as the temple;

• The relationship between the proposed project and surrounding uses, particularly the uses of the temple site;

• The density and height of the project and its compatibility with surrounding properties;

• The preservation and protection of wetlands.

The suit is the latest twist in the controversy over the two-story complex, which many residents of the area oppose because of the increased drainage and flooding problems they fear it will bring to their area.
Ironically, leaders of the local temple were not among the angry neighbors who spoke against the project when it came before the Planning Commission in June or the Metro Council in July.

On the contrary, @Highland owner Mo Vij, who originally developed the property in 2016 as an office park and only recently partnered with Key on the apartment complex, says he was “pretty shocked” by the lawsuit because the temple’s local leadership has seemingly been on board.

“The local church has no problem with it,” Vij says. “They know everything. We have been in constant contact with them and they have been nothing but supportive of us.”
He says he doesn’t know why the parent organization would sue over the project.
In a statement, the stake president of the Baton Rouge church also suggests the temple has always had a good relationship with @Highalnd.
“The developer has been a great neighbor and the intent is to have proper conversations to ensure the core mission of helping others come to Christ is preserved,” says Eric Bascom, Baton Rouge Louisiana stake president for the church.
But the lawsuit does not appear to be seeking a proper conversation. In addition to asking the court to block the project, the suit alleges that when @Highland was originally developed, the developers failed to secure required wetlands permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and failed to take proper wetlands mitigation measures.

If the developer didn't get the proper permits, and if there are genuine and reasonable concerns about drainage and flooding (Baton Rouge is no stranger to such seasonal problems), and if the developer was evading or refusing efforts by the "Temple Corporation" to sort out the permitting and wetlands mitigation issues, then the lawsuit makes quite a bit of sense.

The local stake president and the temple president are ecclesiastical leaders, and would therefore be mostly bystanders as to any litigation that may have become necessary.

15 hours ago, JAHS said:

Vij calls the allegation ridiculous and untrue.
“They are just trying to throw everything at us including the kitchen sink,” he says. “It is very disheartening.

Well, it seems like an easy fix.  If there are "required wetlands permits" that have been obtained and "wetlands mitigation measures" that have been implemented, then there will be evidence and documentation of such things, and the lawsuit will be dismissed.

15 hours ago, JAHS said:

Parish Attorney Andy Dotson says the city-parish cannot comment on pending litigation."
___________________________________________

So there seems to be there some kind of lack of communication between the Local leadership and the main Church Temple Corporation.
Awkward for those local leaders.

Yep.  Such things can happen in a large organization.  Unfortunate.  I hope they can sort things out.  Sometimes, however, a lawsuit is necessary to resolve a legitimate dispute between two otherwise nice and cordial parties.

Thanks,

-Smac

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16 hours ago, JAHS said:

National arm of local LDS temple sues Highland, city-parish over proposed development

So figure this one out:

"The Utah-based parent organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which has a local temple on Highland Road, is suing @Highland—the mixed-use development adjacent to the temple; Key Real Estate Co., which is planning to develop a multifamily complex on the site; and, the city-parish, which approved the controversial complex earlier this summer.

The Temple Corporation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints filed the suit Aug. 20 in 19th Judicial District Court, seeking to stop the 240-unit complex from going forward.

The suit argues that when the Metro Council approved the project in July, it failed to consider:

• The promotion of public health, safety and welfare, as required by law;

• The project’s impact on existing buildings of cultural significance, such as the temple;

• The relationship between the proposed project and surrounding uses, particularly the uses of the temple site;

• The density and height of the project and its compatibility with surrounding properties;

• The preservation and protection of wetlands.

The suit is the latest twist in the controversy over the two-story complex, which many residents of the area oppose because of the increased drainage and flooding problems they fear it will bring to their area.
Ironically, leaders of the local temple were not among the angry neighbors who spoke against the project when it came before the Planning Commission in June or the Metro Council in July.

On the contrary, @Highland owner Mo Vij, who originally developed the property in 2016 as an office park and only recently partnered with Key on the apartment complex, says he was “pretty shocked” by the lawsuit because the temple’s local leadership has seemingly been on board.

“The local church has no problem with it,” Vij says. “They know everything. We have been in constant contact with them and they have been nothing but supportive of us.”
He says he doesn’t know why the parent organization would sue over the project.
In a statement, the stake president of the Baton Rouge church also suggests the temple has always had a good relationship with @Highalnd.
“The developer has been a great neighbor and the intent is to have proper conversations to ensure the core mission of helping others come to Christ is preserved,” says Eric Bascom, Baton Rouge Louisiana stake president for the church.
But the lawsuit does not appear to be seeking a proper conversation. In addition to asking the court to block the project, the suit alleges that when @Highland was originally developed, the developers failed to secure required wetlands permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and failed to take proper wetlands mitigation measures.

Vij calls the allegation ridiculous and untrue.
“They are just trying to throw everything at us including the kitchen sink,” he says. “It is very disheartening.
Parish Attorney Andy Dotson says the city-parish cannot comment on pending litigation."
___________________________________________

So there seems to be there some kind of lack of communication between the Local leadership and the main Church Temple Corporation.
Awkward for those local leaders.

Very poor reporting. There’s no such thing as the “Church Temple Corporation.” The Church has a Temple Department, but it is by no means the “parent organization” of the Church. 
 

Such sloppiness makes the accuracy of the entire article suspect, in my view. 
 

Added later: Apparently, Smac found reference to that name, but it’s still not the parent organization of the Church. 

Edited by Scott Lloyd
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