Throughout the day, the Observer staff will be answering your questions about what the newly-announced security and road closure plan for the Democratic National Convention means for you.
Got a question? E-mail Observer assistant city editor Eric Frazier at firstname.lastname@example.org . We’ll post selected questions and answers in this space, so check back for updates.
Q: I’m one of the volunteer staff members at Elevation Church’s Uptown Campus. We use the 7th Street Station parking deck for everyone who attends Elevation’s two Sunday services - 9:30 and 11:15. If I’m reading the map correctly, the parking deck is inside the closed off section of 6th and 7th streets, which means you cannot access the deck. Will there be security checkpoints there, allowing people to park in the deck.
A: The security plan lists that part of 7th Street as being closed beginning on 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 2. The vehicle checkpoints for the area around Time Warner Cable Arena don’t kick in until Tuesday, Sept. 4, so it doesn’t appear the checkpoints would be available on that Sunday. (The restrictions would be gone by the following Sunday).
It would seem that for that Sunday, at least, you wouldn’t be allowed to park in that garage unless your church has made particular arrangements with the police department for that.
Q: I live in Uptown, very close to the TWC arena. The streets will be closed around my building. I know there was mention of vehicle checkpoints, but what will happen in regards to leaving on restricted/closed streets? I still feel there has not been enough information for residents who will be affected.
A: The security plan says: “there will be limited access only” to areas around Time Warner Cable Arena “for businesses and residents who provide identification beginning with the implementation of road closures.” So leaving or returning as a pedestrian shouldn’t be a problem.
The plan says anyone needing to drive to a residence or business near Time Warner Arena must go through a vehicle checkpoint that’ll be located on East Sixth Street between Alexander and Myers. Drivers will need to use McDowell Street to access the checkpoint, which will be open from 12:01 a.m. Sept. 4 until 11:59 p.m. Sept. 5.
Q: Do you have any further details on vehicle screening at the security checkpoints in uptown? Is it just an ID check or will cars be searched, inspected, etc? How long would this process take for each vehicle?
A: The security plan doesn’t give much detail about what exactly the security screening will entail. A spokesman for the city said the Secret Service declined to publicly release more detailed information about the screenings.
Q: Do you know if and how this will affect the Meck Courthouse and Register of Deeds? Will they be open are close for the week?
A: Courts will be open that week, but will operate on a limited basis. There won’t be any criminal trials that week. Access to the courthouse will be limited to the main entrance at Fourth and McDowell streets, according to the Mecklenburg County Bar.
Q: I work in the Carillon Building on Trade between Poplar and Church Streets and drive down E 7th Street to access my parking spot. If I have a government ID will I be allowed to drive there after stopping at the vehicle checkpoint on East Sixth Street?
A: The security restrictions vary depending on the day. Best advice: go to DNCinfo.CharlotteNC.gov and click on the daily maps.
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