GLASSELL PARK — Nearly two years after it was nearly destroyed in a fire, the Mormon church next to the 2 Freeway remains closed, with most of its vast roof missing and its brick exterior tagged with graffiti. The building looks like it will remain in this state for the immediate future because the church has not yet decided what to do with the property (Read update below).
The nearly 15,000-square-foot church, known as a meetinghouse, was constructed in 1990 and served a large Spanish-speaking congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Despite its size, the meetinghouse, constructed on a cul-de-sac between the freeway and hillside homes, was partially hidden from view by large pine trees and shrubbery. It was those trees as well as dry grass and brush near the freeway that caught fire in July 2015. The blaze spread to the eaves and peaked roof of the church.
No one was injured and church members were able to save many valuables. But the charred and roofless meetinghouse was unusable, forcing many of its hundreds of members to attend services at a Mormon church in Glendale. At that time, church officials said it might take two years or more to rebuild the structure.
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“At this point,” said church spokeswoman Irene Caso, “the only information I can provide you with is that the Church has not yet determined its plans for the site.”
Update on April 25: Caso says the church has decided to demolish the structure. “The building will be demolished in the next 10 days,” she said in an email. “Demolition will last anywhere from 60-90 days.”
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