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Citizens Near White Oak Music Hall Ask For Hearing On Sound Permits

Some residents who say the White Oak Music Hall is too loud are trying a new tactic. The attorney representing residents near the venue is asking for an administrative hearing on that venue’s sound permits.

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Harris County District Judge Kristen Hawkins recently granted a temporary injunction prohibiting two planned outdoor concerts at the North Main music venue. A lawsuit that was filed by nearby residents is set for May 15th, but attorney Cris Feldman says they’re now asking for a hearing in a separate action.
 
“Residents are asking that Section 30-11 of the Municipal Code be invoked. That provision allows for a hearing on the sound permit. In papers publicly filed by White Oak Music Hall, they state it would be impossible — and they actually italicize the term ‘impossible’ — to keep their music to 75 decibels at the perimeter of their property.”  

But Diana Pfeifer of the Lindale Park area says the music hall has been forthcoming about its plans when it first presented its Memorandum of Understanding, or MOU.

“White Oak Music Hall never hid the fact that they wanted to have an outdoor venue, and that’s why components like sound and parking and traffic were included in the MOU.”  

Attorney Feldman says the citizens he represents are not asking that the indoor stages be shut down — only that the hearing be held on the sound permit allowing outdoor amplified music.

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