The transformation of an 11-acre lot in Henrico County into Virginia’s first Mormon temple is set to begin later this year.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in late November gained approval from the county planning commission to break ground on a two-story, 36,200-square-foot temple and an adjacent 16,200-square-foot meeting house at 10915 Staples Mill Road.
Since the site did not require rezoning, the county Board of Supervisors does not have to take up the church’s request.
Jared Doxey, director of construction, said church leaders are working with Henrico to secure their construction permits for the development.
Pending approval, Doxey said construction could begin by the late second quarter or early third quarter of 2020, taking about 24 to 30 months to complete.
The complex will rise on a wooded lot and will be capped by a large steeple adorned with a golden statue of Mormon religious figure Angel Moroni, which will sit nearly 165 feet tall on the site.
A small maintenance building also is proposed for the site, while an existing two-story residence at 4151 Mountain Road would remain.
The project also would include extensive landscaping and more than 240 parking spaces throughout the property.
Utah-based general contractor Jacobsen Construction Co. has been tapped to build the temple. Salt Lake City-based Richardson Design Partnership, which has designed several temples for the church on the West Coast and in Japan, is the architect.
Richmond-based Austin Brockenbrough & Associates is listed as the temple’s civil engineer.
A cost estimate for the project was not released.
Church leaders in 2017 quietly began assembling the collection of three parcels along Staples Mill and Mountain roads for about $2.3 million, according to county property records. That includes an 8.1-acre parcel purchased from Marchetti Properties that will be home for the temple and meeting house.
Once completed, the location could serve the more than 100,000 members who reside in the state, with roughly 12,000 to 15,000 of those spread across central Virginia.
The closest temples for practicing Richmond-area Latter-day Saints are more than two hours away in Kensington, Maryland, near Washington, D.C., and Apex, North Carolina, outside of Raleigh.