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High Point mayor wants street named after Martin Luther King Jr.

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HIGH POINT, N.C. – High Point Mayor Bernita Sims said city council is in the early stages of deciding what city street should be changed to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

A portion of East Kivett Drive is designated as MLK Jr. Memorial Drive but is not an actual street address and cannot be searched on a map.

Mayor Sims said its time for High Point to give Dr. King the respect he deserves.

"I thought it was it that in our community we did something to honor him,” she said.

Kivett Drive, Centennial Drive. Market Street and Brentwood Street are all possibilities for the name change.

Once the actual street is decided upon, there will be a public hearing for area businesses and residences.

There is no set budget or estimate on how much the street change will cost the city.

Mayor Sims said she hopes a designation will be made before the end of the year. The phase out process could take 18 months to two years to compete.