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Fayetteville Residents, City Council Discuss Proposed Tower

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Fayetteville residents and city leaders squared off Monday for the second time about plans for a 400-foot tower.

The city of Fayetteville is building a new image -- a 400 foot tower with kaleidoscope lights and a screen for outdoor movies. Before anything is built though, the city is gathering public feedback.

"Our civic leaders are here with a golden opportunity of leaving a legacy to generations that will follow," said one resident.

Twenty-two people spoke their minds Monday night, each coming with their own suggestion.

"Something that is smaller, something that is closer to the ground," another resident said.

Despite all the controversy, taxpayers are not footing the $1 million bill for the tower. Progress Energy is paying for it as part of a legal settlement. Nevertheless, critics believe maintaining the tower will cost taxpayers.

The City Council has not yet voted on the tower, but the plan is to have something in place by 2005.

Last week, hundreds of people showed up to listen to alternative plans. Some downtown leaders said the tower would stand as an icon for the city, while other said it is too big and a waste of money.