By Lynn Trimble | Phoenix New Times
Shady Park Tempe is temporarily ceasing operations, according to a statement posted on its Facebook page on Wednesday, July 7. It’s the latest development in an ongoing controversy involving noise complaints made by residents living in a new residential tower that caters to senior citizens.
“We are pausing operations to construct a step-pyramid over parts of the park to help contain sound,” the Shady Park statement reads in part. “We sincerely hope this will make our neighbors happy.”The neighbors are residents of ASU Mirabella, including some who’ve taken issue with noise generated during outdoor live music performances at the Tempe hotspot. The university has not provided Phoenix New Times with details about the number and types of complaints lodged by ASU Mirabella residents, but did send the following statement via email on June 17:
“Arizona State University is aware of the disruption that Mirabella residents are experiencing and the rights and responsibilities of the owners of the Shady Park night club and we are working with all parties and the city of Tempe to find a satisfactory resolution.” On June 25, a university spokesperson confirmed that “discussions are ongoing.”
“We weren’t involved in this case, but it is a very unfortunate situation for both sides and one that we seriously make every attempt to avoid by communicating with all existing neighbors and surrounding businesses. I have to wonder if the “new neighbors” in the senior living community were provided any type of disclosure about the successful music venue operating next door? This is exactly the kind of issue that should have been properly vetted and resolved way before any residents moved in. You just really have to identify and diffuse all potential issues before they have the chance to become real problems.”
–Jennifer Hall, Rose Law Group Senior Project Manager