Manlius: Mormons witness progress in new church construction

More than 300 faithful will soon have a new house of worship in Fayetteville. Early morning last Friday, workers raised a Virginia-made, 65-foot steeple for the east suburban branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Members will move from their current rental property, the former Manlius Publishing Company, to a $2.5 million building located on North Eagle Village Road between Salt Springs Road and Route 173. The project is paid in full through tithing money sent directly to the denomination's main establishment in Salt Lake City, Utah.

"It is estimated that, worldwide, one new church a day is being built," said Phil Huller, public affairs director of the Syracuse Stake.

Certain criteria must be met for building approval, and construction phases are based on membership and needs, he said. As a church population grows, so will its facilities. The Fayetteville church is considered complete, Huller said, with all stages, such as a chapel, gymnasium and classrooms, being met simultaneously.

An open house and dedication will take place next spring once development is finished in early May.

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