by Jane Porter
Soon, Glenwood South will become a more neighborly place to party and to sleep.
Or, that is the hope, with the Glenwood South Hospitality District ordinance. On Wednesday, Raleigh’s City Council approved a one-year pilot program for the ordinance that will make it easier for businesses to obtain entertainment permits and easier for residents to make noise complaints.
Beginning December 1, instead of having to go through a quasi-judicial process to obtain an Outdoor Amplified Entertainment Permit to play live or recorded music from the City of Raleigh, Glenwood bars and clubs can more easily request and secure the Hospitality District Entertainment Permit. The permit allows businesses to play music (subject to decibel limits) until 11 p.m. on weekdays and until 2 a.m. on weekends; they can’t play music past these times until 7 a.m. the next day.
Permit holders will be required to designate a permit manager to deal with noise complaints from nearby residents when they are causing a disturbance. And the City will establish a complaint registration system open to the public; violators will be subject to penalties.
The amended boundaries of the Glenwood South Hospitality District encircle Glenwood Avenue all the way up to Peace Street; they stretch east to North Harrington Street and west to North Boylan.