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Churches face obstacles under high Utah real estate costs

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Churches looking to expand are struggling to find affordable land under the high price of Utah real estate.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports the high land prices are causing obstacles for Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Christian Church in Salt Lake City in its effort to construct a new church building.

The Rev. Justin Havens says the parish, which has overgrown its current site, has found a 0.02 square-mile (0.05 square-kilometer) plot in Bluffdale to build a second Byzantine-style church.

Havens says the parish has the site under contract and raised half the $500,000 needed to secure the first 0.01 square miles (0.03 square kilometers). The church would need $1 million to acquire all 0.02 square miles (0.05 square kilometers).

Havens says they are pushing in the next two months to get enough to buy the property.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com

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