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Raleigh City Council is looking at ways to deal with noise complaints in areas like Glenwood South. Raleigh City Council is looking at ways to deal with noise complaints in areas like Glenwood South.
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Raleigh City Council is looking at a new way to deal with noise complaints from downtown clubs and bars, especially those in the heavily trafficked Glenwood South area.

City Council is still working on the details, but the proposed solution will likely involve working with a bar or club's mediator rather than directly calling the police.

Most of the homes in the Glenwood South area were constructed long before street became a hot spot for clubs, and of course apartments and condos now border the heavily trafficked road.

But as the area has become increasingly popular, noise and music from outdoor venues and late night hangouts have brought noise complaints from those residents.

"I've been living here for about 10 years and I've grown accustomed to some if it," said long-time resident Sue Miller. "But there are times it's really bad."

The City Council's proposed plan would require businesses to have a 24-hour contact person to take noise complaints without police involvement. If that doesn't solve the issue, a police appointed mediator would step in.

While some who live in the area say the plan sounds like good idea, others say noise is just part of living in the neighborhood.

"That's what it's like here, and you accept it or else you don't live here," Sukay Koneru said. "I'm OK with it."

Recently a hookah bar off Peace Street became a battle ground of sorts as neighbors complained that rowdy, intoxicated patrons disturbed the otherwise quiet neighborhood well into the morning.

Sahara Hookah Bar doesn't serve alcohol, but it stays open until 4 a.m. on weekends, catering to some of the crowds that let out from the bars in Glenwood South after most of them close at 2 a.m.

To remedy the issue, management made a point to ensure that patrons park only in the bar lot and installed new signs directing patrons where to park. The city also initiated new process for parking permits in the neighborhood.

The City Council's Public Safety Committee will hear more about the plan during its April meeting.

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