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Turnpike official hears Holmdel’s complaints about arts center noise

Local News | May 12, 2014

Turnpike official hears Holmdel’s complaints about arts center noise

HOLMDEL (APP) — Some heavy hitters are listening to complaints from township officials and residents about noise when Live Nation rents out PNC Bank Arts Center parking lots for various non-concert events.

And one of those listening is Live Nation’s landlord, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.

Mayor Patrick Impreveduto met Thursday with Ron Gravino, Turnpike Authority vice chairman and state Sen. Joseph M. Kyrillos Jr., R-Monmouth, about the township’s ongoing noise issues and lack of response from Live Nation, which books concerts and other events at the Arts Center. The Turnpike Authority owns the Arts Center.

Impreveduto said he was contacted by authority officials after news reports that Holmdel had passed an ordinance to regulate noise from “ancillary” activities in arts center parking lots rented to various groups by Live Nation.

“The Turnpike commissioner (Gravino) reached out to me after the ordinance was passed,” Impreveduto said.

Those events were not concerts, but events held by other groups that leased the parking lots from Live Nation, he said. Some homes are as close as 40 to 50 yards to the parking areas, he said.

Those complaints echoed noise issues that led to the ordinance, which could result in fines for Live Nation of up to $2,500 per incident.

On April 29, Holmdel’s Township Committee voted unanimously to impose restrictions and fines on conduct in the parking lots, which was aimed at events by Gotham Dream Cars, a company that rents the lots from Live Nation and offers drivers the chance to “drive one of your most dreamed-of cars around a specially designed autocross track,” according to its website.

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