Temple Hall Concerns Residents

October 23, 2006

Author: Jennifer McLain, SGV Tribune

Source: The Buddhist Channel


Some residents are still opposed to a cultural center originally proposed by the Hsi Lai Temple four years ago. Temple representatives opted to abandon the 2002 plan and rework it.

"We found out it was too huge a project," said Mae Chu, spokeswoman for the Hsi Lai Temple, about the planned 120,000 square-foot design.

Four years later and with a project that is one-third of the size, residents remain concerned about a new 40,000-square-foot facility they say will increase traffic and will require hillside grading.

"This is a very initial thought," Jimmy Lin, a Hsi Lai Temple representative, said to a Hacienda Heights community group last week. "We are as much environmentally conscious as the rest of the community."

The Hsi Lai Temple bills the expansion as a community center, open for both religious ceremonies as well as community events, representatives said.