September 23, 2005
When the Charlottesville Pavilion opened, it garnered a lot of fanfare. Since then, a lot of residents have become anything but fans. The music can be heard as far away as the Newsplex studios here at the corner of Elliot Avenue and 2nd Street. Since its opening in late July, the Pavilion has caused headaches, literally, for some Belmont residents, who say that for some of the concerts, the noise is deafening.
"It was so loud [that] the windows were rattling, and the candles were actually rattling in their glass so we packed up our food and had to go out to eat," said one Belmont resident.
This Belmont neighborhood is lined with cozy homes in an inviting environment, with one exception, the noise from the Pavilion. Since its opening, residents have complained about the extreme volume during concerts.
"Neighbors in the street all say the same thing. Can you believe that concert last night, that was just awful?" said resident Dan Rosensweig.
"It's loud and distant and there is something disturbing about that is just hard to live with," said resident Greg Jackson.
Hinton Avenue residents say the problem is worse during the bigger shows.
"On a night when they have a major concert, it is increasingly loud. We can hear it clearly inside of our house," said John Foster.
"The sound systems that bands are going to bring in are going to dwarf what Friday's After Five uses," said Kevin Munro.
"We have sent a petition to the City Councilors asking them to negotiate with the management of the Pavilion to try to turn it down," said Rosensweig.
City Council has acknowledged the resident's complaints. Councilor Blake Caravati told our Newsplex stations that they are working with sound engineers to fix the problems. Residents say they are willing to compromise to find a happy medium.
"So long as they end the concert early enough, it doesn't bother me that much, but it is very loud," said Foster.
It doesn't need to be that loud to be enjoyable," said Jackson.
Pavilion management declined an on-camera interview to address the concerns of the neighbors. They did say however, that they hope to have a letter sent out to the residents next week addressing some of the solutions.
The concert season runs from May until October. The last concert of the season will be Dierks Bentley on October 13th.