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By Len Kiese - bio | email

January 27, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A downtown Albany property owner forced to remove crosses from the roof of one of his buildings now has plans for an even bigger cross and a light show to go with it.

Peter Studl says a helicopter would bring the 40-foot cross in and affix it to the top of the building on North Washington. Studl says that's not all. He wants lights and lasers that could be seen from miles away.

The city forced him to remove smaller crosses from the rooftop several weeks ago because they violated city ordinances. Tuesday, Studl sent his latest proposal to the city for review.

"What I'm feeling is that there's a terrific faith-based community in this town that wants a place for family entertainment and we've been on that position for a while. I think it's just time to start doing it," said Studl.

Studl says the cross and lights installation could lead to more development downtown and compliment his idea for a National Prayer Museum and Prayer Garden.

Some city leaders have criticized Studl for hindering downtown development by holding on to so much property without following through on his proposed projects.

Studl says he plans to meet with Planning and Development officials Thursday about the cross proposal.

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