Trustees approve USU, LDS church property exchange

The Golden Toaster’s days could be numbered and few.The Utah State University Board of Trustees approved a property exchange between the university and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The university will gain control of the church’s 4-acre property on 700 North and 1200 East where a church meetinghouse known as the Golden Toaster sits. In the exchange, the church will get 9 acres on the east side of the USU Trailer Court.Last July, a 15-year plan was adopted to vacate the USU Trailer Court near 1200 East and 1100 North. The complete transition of properties will take time. The LDS church will still use the meetinghouse until a new one can be built. After the new meetinghouse is built, USU will use the old building for educational purposes until they can tear it down and build a USU building. Raymond Coward, USU Executive Vice President and Provost, said he has heard of at least one neighbor being upset at the idea of tearing down the Golden Toaster. Many alumni have memories of the Golden Toaster and may not like the plan to eventually tear the building down.

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