ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — A man who wants to build a 30-foot, illuminated cross on property he owns on a bluff facing Lake Michigan is being blocked by the city because of zoning rules.

Ervin Wagner's cross would stand atop a stone foundation across from his home. He wants to place a camera nearby to provide streaming online video of the view.

"I feel like it's a kind of sacred ground to me," Wagner, a retired construction worker, said. "The Lord has been after me to do this for many years."

But John Hodgson, the assistant city manager, said the land is considered a part of the property's front yard, and such accessory structures are prohibited in a residential area.

The city also has a 14-foot limit on accessory structures.