Raleigh Proposes ‘Hospitality District’ in Downtown Glenwood South

Glenwood South Business and Apartments

CHRIS SEWARD — 2013

Raleigh City Council will hold a public hearing on November 5 to discuss a Glenwood South Hospitality District. The district would be a one-year pilot program, with other hospitality districts to follow upon success.

The proposed hospitality district is a result of increased noise complaints from the Glenwood South area, where new condos and apartments have been mingling with late-night businesses. Some residents and business owners believe that a clearly defined plan will open communication and ease tensions. “This is our neighborhood. This is where we live, work and play,” said Ann-Cabell Baum Anderson. “We all have to sleep – we all have to derive revenue from our businesses – and we all want to enjoy where we live.”

Pilot Program Details

Proposed Glenwood South Hospitality District MapUnder the pilot program, the city will open a public complaint registration system and publish contact information for the loudest businesses. If no changes occur, the city may bring in a mediator. As a final tactic, police would take decibel measurements and issue fines as high as $5,000.

The program also calls for new sound permits. Though simpler to acquire, the sound permits are double the price of current sound permits and may be revoked on a one-year-suspension to keep business owners in line. The permits allow music to be played with doors and windows open until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and until 11 p.m. on other days, with a volume limit between 55 and 60 decibels at the property’s edge. “Since we started having this conversation on Glenwood Avenue…the complaints have gone down significantly,” said Dan Lovenheim, owner of Cornerstone Tavern.

Public Hearing Information

When: November 5th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Avery C. Upchurch Government Complex – View on Google Maps

Contact: Lou Buonpane, Chief of Staff (919) 996-3070 ext. 4275

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