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Proposed 25-Story Crucifix Sparks Controversy

Tuesday, 29 January 2002 12:00 AM

Monaghan has proposed construction of a 250-foot crucifix, complete with a 40-foot Jesus.

"Wow, big cross," Michael Diebold, spokesman for the Lansing Diocese, told Tuesday's Detroit News.

Monaghan, who also heads Ave Maria Foundation, has submitted plans for the cross to Ann Arbor Township as part of a proposed campus for Ave Maria University. The site is part of an office park.

The crucifix would be just 20 feet shy of Ann Arbor's tallest building but would be taller than the General Motors Building. It would be twice the size of the Christ the Redeemer statue that overlooks Rio de Janeiro and outstrip the tallest cross in the United States, in Groom, Texas, by 60 feet.

Not everyone is thrilled with the proposal.

"It's outrageous," said Patricia Blom, who lives within a half-mile of the site. "I'm a Methodist, but this will offend people in this multi-religious area."

Blom and her husband have fought other plans floated by Monaghan, among them the failed convention center proposal that came to be knows as the "Leaning Tower of Pizza."

"If this were a nonreligious building, people wouldn't give two thoughts to it," former Ann Arbor resident Joshua Raymond told the newspaper. "But being religious, it's controversial."

Not so, said Karen Mendelson.

"The religious aspect doesn't really bother me, and I'm Jewish," she said. "But I just don't like things sticking up in the air. And at 25 stories, it going to be absurd-looking."

Building the cross would require a zoning variance. The township prohibits structures taller than 35 feet.

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