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New Music Venue in Huber Heights Has Some Neighbors Worried
HUBER HEIGHTS -- Huber Heights City leaders approved the sale and rezoning of land off Brandt Pike for their new music center.
It was approved but not without a fight from some neighbors.
"The first rip of that guitar string, people are going to think that Armageddon hit," said Janell Smith, worried about the new music center. "Everybody thinks that this is gonna be great for the community and it is, but the residents I don't think quite understand what's coming to their backyard."
Her backyard isn't far from the future home of The Heights, where the city is getting ready to build a music center that they hope will boost the local economy. But neighbors are worried.
"Traffic concerns, the noise concerns," said Smith.
"We've tried our hardest to answer those questions," said Huber Heights Assistant City Manager Scott Falkowski.
He made his argument, along with council's, at Monday night's meeting.
"There's landscaping and mounds and things that are designed on the inside the facility that helps drown out some of the noise," he said.
Another major concern for neighbors is policing.
"The Heat nightclub took a big hit here and it did drain our police department. What is a 4,500-seat venue gonna do that also serves alcohol?" asked Smith.
During the meeting, city leaders made it clear: it's under control.
"There will be private security hired for this venue. It could be off-duty police officers, but on-duty officers will still be doing their normal routes and normal things," said Falkowski.
But while Smith worries about what can happen, she agrees that the center will help her community grow.
"It's gonna be a wonderful asset to the community, as long as it's done the proper way. I just don't want anybody's safety to be at risk," she said.
As far as traffic concerns, the city has already completed a study to add a drop lane into the center's parking lot.
They plan to break ground next month.
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