Imagine living next to a house that doubles as a rock concert venue.
Neighbors say that’s exactly what’s happening on their block and they’re tired of it. The city, however, says it can’t do anything about it.
“I probably wouldn’t love it; it’s one of those hard sells,” said resident Angela Davies.
A hard sell when your neighbor hosts rock concerts. A house on Sycamore Street near Coal Avenue is known as The Fly Honey Warehouse on Facebook — billed as a performance and event venue where rock bands come and go.
A 311 complaint filed Friday, May 18, says they “accept donations for the events … have multiple bands after 11 p.m. … and the noise is insane.”
“I think I would be bummed if I was right next to it,” said resident Matt Fummeler.
The venue’s Facebook events page started January 2017, with eight shows just last month alone and hundreds of people on the guest list.
But, is it illegal?
“We haven’t been in to investigate because there hasn’t been a complaint made against this particular house,” said the city’s planning department spokesperson Carmelina Hart.
Hart says they can only investigate 311 complaints that are still open, and this particular complaint has been closed by the Albuquerque Police Department. Hart also says the group hasn’t been caught doing anything wrong despite city law.
“You cannot have a for-profit party venue in a residential house, but I don’t know what the details are to this specific house,” said Hart.
However, the house is listed on the concert venue website Songkick where you can buy tickets to their events. Flyers on Facebook also show a $7 entry charge.
KRQE News 13 spoke with Adam Smith who lives at the house and is part of the business. Though he declined to go on camera, he says their events are small and do not disrupt the neighborhood.
However, shortly after talking to Smith the venue’s Facebook page was shut down.
One next-door neighbor of the venue says the group is respectful of the area and the noise doesn’t bother them. However, Smith said he did not talk to his other neighbors about the loud music.
City officials say if you do have a noise complaint to call 311, which opens a case for investigation.