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SPACE revamping its rental policy to avoid noise problems with neighbors

October 16th, 2009 · No Comments

SPACE: A Design Build Collective on the corner of Greenwood Avenue and N. 76th St. is reworking its policy on renting out its space to other groups after a neighborhood uproar over loud parties this summer.

Harlequin Source School was occasionally renting the building for dance performances, but then apparently sublet the space to someone who let a party get out of hand, according to numerous comments in a previous post about Harlequin.

The front door to SPACE is the green awning to the left.

We received a note from Isaac Marcum, who is now working with SPACE to manage its Venue and Education Center.

Harlequin Source School has vacated the building leaving room for much positive change. Hosting such gatherings as the private party that occurred here in late August has never been the intention of SPACE. That event happened without discussion or knowledge of the building management and was completely inappropriate. We are sorry for our lack of oversight and will make sure it does not happen again as we move forward.

Some of the things we are doing is enforcing a preset “db” rating for the space. What that means is we are investing in a db tester that rates the volume of sound. We will then test to find what the max setting is that does not disrupt our neighbors. After we find that rating we will place a strict rule about it for all gatherings, night or day. This preset db rating will even be included in the agreement for use of the space.

Our intention is to use the space as a creative hub as well as host small, private events such as baby showers, birthday parties, Biznik events, workshops, and so on. These smaller events will have little to no impact, and we hope to work with everyone on this to make it a positive experience for everyone.

I hope to hear any concerns the community has and would love to keep communication open about how we can both respect our local community as well as be a resource. Thank you everyone who has shared your opinions thus far. I will take all these concerns to heart and move forward to an ever-increasing positive place with SPACE.

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