Items from across the Triad and beyond by Jordan Green and Eric Ginsburg
No complaints on noise ordinance, chief says
Greensboro police Chief Ken Miller reported last week that there haven’t been any complaints with the city’s new noise ordinance. City council requested that the ordinance’s implementation be monitored closely for 60 days without issuing any fines after strong community opposition to the initially proposed changes.
“The manager of Greene Street nightclub indicated that the lower decibel levels and restrictions on amplified voice have not affected his patronage or business and he is happy with the implementation,” Miller wrote in a memo. “A female resident of a condominium near N. Elm and Friendly Avenue reported that she still hears some loud noise on Sundays, but that Thursdays and Fridays have not been a problem.”
The council began discussing changes to the ordinance after complaints from Roy Carroll, the developer who lives in and created Center Pointe about noise specifically from nearby Greene Street Club. Some residents at the high-end condominiums at Center Pointe, near North Elm Street and Friendly Avenue, hired lawyer Henry Isaacson to help push for an ordinance change.
The new ordinance took effect July 15 and Miller said it “is having some positive impact in our community, particularly the downtown area. It appears to have had no detrimental impact to the entertainment venues in place and operational.”
Miller recommended continuing the ordinance and reassessing it a year from the initial start date. The chief noted that only three of the 54 tickets written during the 60 day trial were given to entertainment venues, a far cry from what critics of the more drastic changes initially proposed had feared. — EG
Council delays rezoning that would displace residents
The Winston-Salem City Council voted Monday to delay the rezoning of an apartment complex between West 1st Street and Business 40 that would displace 75 families and make way for higher-income tenants. Councilwoman Wanda Merschel, who represents the Northwest Ward where the request is being made, said she wanted to give city staff time to set up a meeting between residents and social service agencies that can assist them with the transition.
City Manager Lee Garrity said the current owner and petitioner met with residents in the nearby West Highlands Neighborhood, but did not initially notify its tenants, who have five to six months to move before construction begins in the spring. Many of the tenants, some of whom are elderly, disabled and sick, said they can’t afford moving costs, utility fees and first-month deposits, and were having trouble finding comparable, affordable rent.
“It’s deplorable the way we’ve been treated, the way that this has been handled,” West Side Apartments resident Roderick Robertson told council. “It’s a mark that says something about the integrity of this city. We’re your constituents. I also need help. We all need help. There is no affordable housing in this price range. I implore you to have some compassion.” — JG