Mount Holly council denies downtown parking request

MOUNT HOLLY – The Mount Holly City Council recently turned down a request from New Life in Christ Holy House of Prayer to have three North Main Street parking spaces reserved for its use during service times.

The church, located at 125 N. Main St., holds services on Wednesday and Friday night, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. and Sunday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon. Church Elder Lance Kirkland presented the request at the city council’s Feb. 27 meeting.

Council members Carolyn Breyare and Jerry Bishop said reserving the spaces would require the council to open spaces for all downtown churches and businesses, and Bishop reminded Kirkland about the downtown area’s public parking lot across from the church.

“We can’t reserve spaces,” Bishop said. “It would open a can of worms.”

Mayor pro tem David Moore, who was filling in for Mayor Bryan Hough while he recovered from knee surgery, told Kirkland that city staff would looking into the matter some more.

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