With hand-carved stone spires that tower 75 feet, it will be the tallest building in Lilburn, dominating the intersection of Rockbridge Road and Lawrenceville Highway.
"It's 50-50 between those who like it and those who roll their eyes," Warner said. "Some people think it's way too much for Lilburn, too ostentatious," he said.
The sanctuary belongs to members of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) sect of Hinduism. The Lilburn location will be the largest temple in the United States for the BAPS sect. Built at an estimated cost of $19 million, the temple complex is only the third of its kind in the country, surpassing BAPS temples in Houston and Chicago.
"We have never, ever, ever seen anything like this," said Howard Brown, Lilburn's neighborhood improvement manager....