Apex’s Center Street parking ban
Regarding Kristen Conner’s letter Jan. 25 concerning Calvary Chapel Cary church’s request for a parking ban on Center Street, I do regret that I described the task before the Town Council in an unsavory manner.
Calvary Chapel Cary Church is located in Apex on the south side of Center Street and east of Investment Boulevard. At this location, the north side of Center Street has been widened, and church members use the area for parking. The area also provides overflow parking for two businesses and a town park.
The church became concerned that its parishioners might carelessly cross Center Street and become traffic statistics. This concern led the church to ask the town to install no-parking signs on the north side of Center Street as a means of limiting pedestrian traffic to the church. The proposal was to prohibit parking all day Sunday and after 6 p.m. on the remaining days of the week.
The problem is that the no-parking signs not only apply to church members, but to the public as a whole. By installing the proposed no-parking signs, the town will be limiting access to this area for the businesses clients, park visitors and others who may wish to park in this area.
Weighing in on the side of safety, the council voted unanimously to prohibit parking on Sunday while providing for parking until 10 p.m. during the remaining week days.