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Provo residents not pleased with parking expansion proposal

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Posted at 9:57 PM, Sep 04, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-04 23:57:48-04

PROVO, Utah – Some residents of a Provo neighborhood are upset after the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints proposed expanding the parking lot at the Provo LDS mission office.

The proposed plan would double the number of parking spaces by taking out grass and adding asphalt.

City officials said the plan meets city codes, and they said they would like to see more cars move off the street and into the lot. But some neighbors said the new lot will increase traffic in the area, ruin the neighborhood’s historic feel, and pose a danger to kids who play nearby.

Javier Jimenez is one resident unhappy about the proposal.

“My fear is that if things go as they indicated, the parking lot will be full all the time,” he said. “I don’t really want a parking lot in my backyard.”

Residents said there is a church parking lot across the street from the mission office, and they said that lot should be shared by the mission office.