Public parking options

The council is considering converting parking lots at 104 and 123 Main St. into public parking spaces to help with limited parking downtown.

“If we want to move forward with downtown and have people bring restaurants downtown and have people spend money on things downtown, we need to do something about the parking,” Mount Holly Mayor Bryan Hough said. “But even if we do this, the churches in town own most of the parking, so that creates another issue we need to deal with.”

Some renovations may be needed to improve the parking lots if they became public parking and owned by the city, said Councilman Jim Hope, who is also a member of the city’s construction committee. Maintenance would be required, but the average life span of most parking lots is seven to 15 years, he said.

Staff will research the steps needed to make the two lots public parking.

– Sarah Melton

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