Friday's After Five Firing Up Neighbors

By: Sarah Batista
By: Sarah Batista

Because of construction on the amphitheatre downtown, Friday's After Five has moved to a temporary location on Garrett Street. However, the move isn't sitting well with some South Street area residents.

Mary Gilliam lives right across the street from the concert stage. "The decimal level is extremely high, the windows shake and rattle and roll and it's really impossible to work," she says.

Because Mary runs a business from her home, the noise can be especially distracting despite the concert ending at 8:30 p.m.

"I have an employee that works for me until 6 p.m. and she really can't work for me after 5 p.m., it really has become impossible," said Gilliam.

Although Mary complains the music on the stage is a little overwhelming, most people that we spoke to in the neighborhood don't seem to mind the music.

"I don't think it's much of a big deal, I'm happy that the people in this city have a place to hold it and it's not much of an inconvenience," said Peter Henry, a neighbor.

"Some people come, they move downtown and then they want to change it to be like a suburb, this downtown is what it is, because it's many different things, to different people at different times," said Oliver Kuttmer, another neighbor.

Gilliam understands not much can be done until July when the concert is expected back to the amphitheatre. She does, however, feel there's room for compromise. "The best thing I think I could hope for is for them to turn it down," said Gilliam.

One slight way to keep everyone satisfied, at least for now.

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