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Owner withdraws plans for radio tower on Iredell-Rowan county line

The principal owner of Lexington-based Davidson County Broadcasting Co. has withdrawn his application to build a 1,190-foot-tall radio tower near the Iredell-Rowan county line, but said he intends to re-file after adding more specifics.

Gig Hilton was scheduled to seek approval for the tower from the Iredell County Zoning Board of Adjustment on Thursday night.

Hilton said he pulled the application earlier Thursday after learning that a favorable ruling by the board could be appealed in court because the application lacked some minor details. His application, for instance, didn’t show where two parking spaces are planned or where the light would be on the planned transmitter building for the tower, he said.

Hilton said county planners assured him his application was complete and that they didn’t require such details, but he said a lawyer for tower opponent Rustyn McConnell could raise such missing details as part of an appeal.

Hilton said he could have re-filed his application in time for the board’s November meeting, but two people he needs to testify are unable to attend. He hopes to seek the board’s approval at its Dec. 19 meeting, he said.

Hilton wants to build the tower in a pasture at 1095 Mazeppa Road, northeast of Mooresville. The tower would be taller than the 869-foot-tall Bank of America Corporate Center in uptown Charlotte.

The radio tower would extend the reach of 94.1 FM, a contemporary Christian music station based in Lexington, from 1.9 million to 2.8 million potential listeners, Hilton said. The taller a tower, the farther an FM signal can reach.

The tower also would have space for companies providing cellular and digital services, he said.

The station’s air time is leased to K-Love, a contemporary Christian music radio programming service whose programming is simulcast over about 440 FM stations and translators in 47 states.

Neighbors have fought Davidson County Broadcasting Co.’s plans for a tower since 2003 before various governing boards in the two counties.

Marusak: 704-358-5067; Twitter: @jmarusak
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