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Raleigh allows permit for amplified sound at wedding venue

Posted September 10, 2014

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— Intense noise concerns from area residents were not enough to convince Raleigh City Council last week to reject a request by the Merrimon-Wynne house for a special use permit for amplified outdoor sound.

Owner Jodi Heyens and her family purchased the house at 500 North Blount Street in 2013 and restored it with the intention of using it as a wedding and event venue.

Heyens said she has made a strong effort to work with concerned neighbors.

“The Merrimon-Wynne house is very much a labor of love for me,” Heyens said. “I've tried very, very hard to work with the neighbors.”

She also emphasized how much was riding on the permit request because of the need to offer brides some form of certainty that they will be able to have the wedding and reception they desire at the home.

“If we do not get this permit, I will have to shut down my business, and I will have to sell the Merrimon-Wynne house.”

Several area residents spoke out in support of the request and applauded Heyens’ restoration efforts.

Neighbor Nancy Brooks said while she and her husband know the house is there, it does not disturb them.

More: Raleigh Public Record: Some neighbors oppose noise at Merrimon-Wynne house

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  • Steve Faulkner Sep 10, 2014
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    Doesn't this story say they got the permit? If they are within standing city noise ordinances, what's the issue? Why do they need a permit?

  • Red Sox Nation Sep 10, 2014

    To all those that are saying you're glad you don't live in this neighborhood, great!!! We're glad you're not here!

  • jwsawyer Sep 10, 2014

    How loud? It sounds like a frat house party central. Glad I don't live in this neighborhood.

  • Gail Dragon Sep 10, 2014
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    Shouldn't you look into getting the permit, before renovations and such. I guess they lucked out.

  • Confucius say Sep 10, 2014

    Just how loud do they need to be?

  • Gork Sep 10, 2014

    Screams of anguish should ring out from most weddings, maybe the loud music will cover those up...

  • Bill of Rights Sep 10, 2014

    Another stupid wedding factory. I'm glad I made the decision to not move to Oakwood ... this place is going to the dogs.

  • Mannin Black Sep 10, 2014
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    “If we do not get this permit, I will have to shut down my business, and I will have to sell the Merrimon-Wynne house.”

    This was a bold risk on her part by buying the house and starting a business on the hopes of a special use permit. If the permit was denied, they can only blame themselves.