Crowds protesting ACLU lawsuit will find streets closed for TV filming

Published 12:00 am Monday, March 18, 2013

UPDATE: The city of Salisbury is opening the parking lot behind City Hall at 217 S. Main St. this evening to accommodate people attending the Rowan County Board of Commissioners meeting.

SALISBURY — Hundreds of people are expected to turn out for the Rowan County Board of Commissioners meeting tonight, just as authorities close nearly a dozen downtown blocks for filming of Fox TV’s “Sleepy Hollow.”
The city is asking people who come to the meeting and other onlookers to not impede the filming.
The commissioners, who will discuss a prayer lawsuit filed against the county by the ACLU, will meet at 6 p.m., the same time that three blocks of Main and Church streets and four blocks of Innes Street will close for filming.
City spokeswoman Elaney Hasselmann said the city is trying to strike a balance between making sure people have access to the county building and accommodating the film crew.
If 20th Century Fox has a good experience working in Salisbury and the pilot gets picked up as a TV series, Salisbury would become a permanent backdrop in “Sleepy Hollow,” Hasselmann said.
“We want them to come back,” she said.
The commissioners meeting will be held at the County Administration Building at 130 E. Innes St., which is included in the Innes Street closure from Lee to Fulton streets. No parking on closed streets is allowed after 5 p.m., and cars parked on the streets are subject to being towed.
Sidewalks will remain open to the public throughout filming, however lots leased by 20th Century Fox will be closed to the public.
Salisbury Police will provide extra security in the downtown area starting late Monday afternoon and help direct people to parking, Hasselmann said.
Filming will require more street closures in Salisbury at one time than ever before, said Wendy Brindle, city traffic engineer.
Filming will take place at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, the Confederate Monument and possibly other downtown locations.
Streets will reopen daily at 7 a.m.