The city zoning board determined that while Holy Truth did not have the correct permit, it was eligible for one because the building had been used as a meeting hall since 1943. Services can continue, the board said, but occupancy was limited to 50 people and the church will need written permission from neighboring businesses for 20 off-street parking spaces from the nearby Highlandtown Village Shopping Center, and must adhere to noise regulations.
Savage said he had been taken aback by the zoning complaint, saying neighbors had not complained in previous years. He said relations between the church and some in Highlandtown are good. He said he's received praise from some elderly neighbors who had been scared to walk to nearby Santoni's Super Market, where they had to pass kids hanging on the corners.