— Work crews have started pulling down some of the canopies around the
east wing of the Jacob Hamblin Building at the Missionary Training
It will be two weeks before
demolition of the one-story structure on the MTC campus, located at 900
East and Stadium Avenue, begins in earnest.
going to clear the site for about a week or so, then I'm guessing in
two weeks we'll have a track hoe in and some trucks for hauling the
building away," said Brian Webb, project manager for Okland
Over the course of the
next 16 months, the single-story portion of the building on the north
end of the campus where Mormon missionaries receive language and other training will be razed and replaced with a three-story,
40,455-square-foot building that will consolidate mail services,
clothing assistance, a bookstore, medical and clinical services, a copy
center, a maintenance shop and receiving for the up to 4,000 LDS Church
missionaries who spend up to two months at the MTC receiving language
and religious training.
The building will include office space and more than 30 senior residence rooms on the third floor.
"The plans I've seen include maybe 30 rooms along the perimeter of the building and a handful on the inside as well," Webb said.
to the Provo City Planning Commission staff report, the project is part
of a 10-year remodeling plan for the MTC, which started three years ago.
for the new building, which will replace maintenance and office space,
are still working their way through the Provo City planning department,
although preliminary approval was given for the construction on Feb. 10.
got their demolition permit last week," Provo city planner Nathan
Murray said. "Now it's just a matter of getting everyone to sign the
final plan and issue a building permit."
That should happen later this week, he said.
the remodeling was first announced, neighbors expressed concern that
concentrating the various MTC services in one building would increase
traffic along Stadium Avenue, a residential street that borders the
north side of the MTC and runs downhill past LaVell Edwards Stadium.
two public hearings in January, residents expressed concerns that
delivery trucks were using a gate in the parking lot of the LDS
meetinghouse at 650 E. Stadium Avenue with increasing frequency,
putting too much traffic on a narrow residential street that lacks
curb, gutter and sidewalk in many areas.
a result, MTC officials altered traffic routes for many of the
deliveries, promising to use entrances on University Parkway and 900
East, major arterial roads, for the approximately 70 panel-truck
deliveries made to the MTC daily. That would keep traffic away from
Stadium Avenue and 650 East.
The church parking lot gate will get extensive use, however, throughout the construction of the new addition.
Jan. 28 report from R. Paul Evans, chairman of the Pleasant View
Neighborhood, which borders the MTC, said neighbors' concerns had been
answered and resolved.
Al Roberts, whose home is the closest residence, 300 feet from the new construction, said he was thrilled to see the MTC grow.
"It's wonderful," he said. "They are good neighbors."