The temple on Staples Mill Road in Glen Allen will be the its first temple for the Church of Jesus Christ in Virginia. Construction is expected to take two to three years.

Construction on the Richmond area Virginia Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will begin April 11, according to a release from the Church.

The temple will be the first of its kind in Virginia and will serve members from across the state as well as parts of West Virginia and North Carolina.

The church estimates there are some 100,000 members in Virginia and previously the closest temple was located in the Washington, D.C. area.

Plans for the two-story, 36,000-square-foot structure were initially announced in 2018 and it will be built at 10915 Staples Mill Road in Glen Allen along with an adjacent 16,000-square-foot meetinghouse.

The church released renderings of the temple last August showing plans for a large steeple and a Jeffersonian-type dome.

Construction is expected to take two to three years.

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