We were heading north on 18th Street the other day and noticed that the street now reduces to a single lane as you go north of Vine. The reason, site preparation has begun for the coming Mormon Temple, which will eventually replace two huge parking lots that overlook 676.

The site

View from 18th Street

Note the pile of girders in the middle of the parking lot, and that the perimeter of the site also appears to have been dug up. We’d imagine it’s still a couple of years away at least, but it won’t be long now before the site looks like this:

Rendering of the new temple, view from the southeast