Bossier Parish Church Looks To Build A Nearly 200 Foot Tall Cross

Posted: Sep 25, 2008 07:22 PM

Updated: Oct 3, 2008 11:05 PM

By Jonathan McCall - bio | email

HAUGHTON, LA (KSLA) - "I was travelling from Baton Rouge to New Orleans and I saw the beautiful crosses on the interstate." And that's when Central Assembly of God Pastor Andy Harris says, his drive to build a cross for the residents of the Ark-La-Tex came to him. "I don't plan on growing cotton on this hill. We're wanting to build a cross for all the world to see."

And not just any cross. Harris is hoping from beginnings of the dirt, and weeds, at a marker now... will rise up a 199 foot tall cross in just a few short months. Harris says the cross would serve as a symbol and a gift to the entire community. "We want Shreveport-Bossier to have a gathering place for sunrise services and weddings."

The nearly 200 ft tall cross would set atop of the hill overlooking highway 80 and the surrounding area on the churches property. But the problem now lays with Bossier Parish officials a law that has never been challenged.

"We just think it's a technicality that needs to be addressed and the variance for the code." A code which in Bossier Parish says, structures in a residential-agricultural district can not be more than 45 feet tall. The church is asking the Bossier Metropolitan Planning Commission for an extra 154 feet to complete the 700,000 project. But until a decision is made, Harris says he'll be looking to the heavens to make sure his vision becomes reality. "We've already done our soilboards the plans are drawn everything is in focus. All we need is the city's approval."

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