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Liberty University plans to erect Lynchburg's tallest building

By Tim Saunders, tsaunders@wdbj7.com
Published On: Jun 23 2014 05:39:01 PM EDT
Updated On: Jun 23 2014 05:39:24 PM EDT
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LYNCHBURG, Va. -

The tallest building in Lynchburg is going up on the campus of Liberty University.

The school is preparing to break ground on a new "Monument Tower."  It will have 25 floors and feature space for classrooms, offices, and a new campus bookstore. 

At 252 feet it will be taller than the Bank of the James, which has been Lynchburg's tallest building since 1972.

LU is undergoing a ten-year, $500-million makeover.  School officials want the new tower to be a centerpiece of the redesigned campus.

"Because of the natural beauty of our campus, we thought a tower and the views would be spectacular and really unique," explained LU president, Jerry Fallwell, Junior.

The tower will include a public observation desk and space at the top for the school's Liberty Bell replica, which was built in 1976.  The bell currently sits in front of the Hancock visitor's center.

Construction on the tower is expected to begin in about five months.  When it's finished you should be able to see it from almost any location in Lynchburg.