Deep Ellum Noise Task Force Releases Recommendations – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

When it comes to noise, one size fits all. That is the idea behind the recommendations of the Deep Ellum Noise Task Force.

“The idea of ​​making Deep Ellum silent, especially after a pandemic, it just does not make sense for businesses,” said Deep Ellum business owner and member of the Deep Ellum Noise Task Force, Allen Falkner, saying the current city noise ordinance does not work for Deep Ellum. “The way it’s written is that any music that can be heard outside an establishment violates the noise ordinance, and that’s a bit of a problem for Deep Ellum because Deep Ellum is an entertainment district. When you walk through, it’s full of “You hear music coming out of every business, and the idea of ​​keeping it silent makes no sense at all.”

Falker owns The Nines and a few other businesses in the area.

“We lost so much business in 2020 and in 2021, and now we’re in 2022 trying to recover our losses and bring everyone back,” Falkner said. “We’ve also trying to get everyone outdoors and scattered apart, and so what we need is for us to be able to play music outside.”

The Deep Ellum Noise Task Force recommends an overlay district with levels of permissible noise as well as extended load zones for musicians.

“It’s going to be a work in progress for a while, I’m sure,” Falkner said. “We hope the plan we have put together will benefit everyone.”


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