Susquehanna County native daughter, Emma Hale’s home is a “sacred place to the church,” Dunford said. “(The project) will not only be to honor Joseph Smith, but also Emma.”
“We feel strongly about the history of what occurred here,” said Dunford.
Community leaders indicated they thought the development of the site could be a boon to the local economy.
Currently, about 20,000 people visit the site each year.
Dunford said he expects that number to double after the work in completed.
Dunford also shot down rumors that the LDS Church would be building a hotel in the area.
“No hotel is being constructed by the Church,” he said. “But one may be by someone who sees an opportunity.”
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