Most people don't mind a "heart throb" every now and again, but the vibration neighbors of the Ivy Tower Dance Club feel is more than a heartbeat and is becoming a nuisance, they say.
"I've called the police a hundred times for noise," said Jennie Schneidervin, a neighbor of the dance club located at Fifth West and First North. "We like our neighborhood and want to stay."Phil Marrott, also a neighbor, said, "There are some inherent problems with the situation, but some things they have prescribed as remedies seem to be fairly good."
A public hearing on dance hall hours in Provo was held this week, following an earlier request from owners of the Ivy Tower Dance Club to change a city ordinance allowing them to stay open until 1 a.m. instead of midnight on weekends.
Scott Rosenberg, dance club co-owner, said, "We are willing to work with the neighbors. If there is a problem, we want them to contact us personally and we will take care of it."
He said they have ordered heavy theater curtains to block out noise coming from windows. They have also locked and nailed down windows so they can't be opened.
Dance club customers are asked to exit quietly and extra security guards have been hired to monitor parking lots and keep noise down. The line going into the club will be rerouted away from homes. The club also plans to build a fence around the back area of the Ivy Tower to block some noise and keep garbage out of yards in the neighborhood.
The dance club opened its doors Dec. 31, 1988, and has successfully attracted dancers from throughout the state. About 900 people come to dance at the club on Fridays and Saturdays, Rosenberg said.
Admission prices will also increase at the Ivy Tower Dance Club, from $2 to $4, he said. "We want to reduce the amount of people, yet make enough money to pay our rent. Our No. 1 priority is the customer and he wants a cool place to dance."
The dance club presently takes tickets up to midnight and closes its doors at 1 a.m., thanks to special permission granted to the club by Mayor Joe Jenkins. That permission will stand until the council makes a decision on the ordinance.
The club had previously stayed open until 1 a.m., but recent calls from neighbors prompted the police to strictly enforce the law, which restricts hours at dance halls located within 500 feet of a residential zone.
Even if the ordinance is changed, city officials said the noise ordinance requires that the club not disturb the neighborhood at any time.
"They may not meet the (maximum) decibel level, but so long as they are disturbing the neighborhood," it's a problem and action will be taken, Police Chief Swen Nielsen said.
The dance club owners say staying open until 1 a.m. gives them an extra hour buffer zone to get customers out of the club. "It gives them a chance to leave on a more orderly basis," Rosenberg said.
Marrott agreed. "If they close at 12 a.m., it pushes them out the door at the same time and puts a higher strain on security. With a trickling effect their security can take care of it.
"It seems to have been quieter in the past week. I think we need to give them more time for a track record. We have had only a week to see if the situation is to where we can live with it."
But Councilwoman Anagene Cottrell said, "If we can't resolve the problem, I can assure you that you won't be in business for long this summer."