DC Nightlife Noise Coalition
For Release: February 4, 2014
Contact: Sarah Peck, 443-240-4435
Liquor Official Responds to Persistent Dupont Circle Noise Problem
The top official of the DC’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) yesterday committed to deploy an interagency task force to more effectively enforce the District’s noise control laws, particularly along Connecticut Avenue south of Dupont Circle.
“I take noise complaints very seriously,” said Fred Moosally, Director of ABRA, in response to the specific noise grievances brought to his attention by a group from the Palladium Condominium at 1325 18th St., NW. Armed with a DC Government-approved noise meter, they have measured noise levels in the area as loud as a passing metro train.
“We have lived with shaking windows and sleepless nights for far too long.” said Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Abigail Nichols, whose Single Member District includes the noise-generating area called Club Central. “This interagency commitment to enforce existing noise control laws is most welcome to my constituents.”
The residents have the explicit support of Steve Coniglio, developer of a 70-unit condominium next to the Tabard Inn on N Street, NW, in direct earshot of Club Central. “We will work with the current residents of the Palladium and Jefferson Row to assure peace and quiet for the new residents as well,” said Coniglio who also attended the meeting with Moosally.
“We will follow ABRA’s actions closely to make sure that Mr. Moosally’s promise of an interagency noise control effort is effective,” said Sarah Peck, a lawyer living in the area, who has written a detailed white paper describing how District agencies are not enforcing current noise abatement laws. “People in several DC neighborhoods are involved in amplified music escaping from roof decks, doors, and windows, and we invite them to join us at DCNightlifeNoise.com.”