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Charlottesville Restaurant Applies for Music Hall Permit

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A restaurant in the Woollen Mills neighborhood has received preliminary approval to host live music acts.

After complaints from neighbors, the owner of the Black Market Moto Saloon, Matteus Frankovich, went to the city planning commission Tuesday night to apply for a special use permit for a music hall.

The Charlottesville Planning Commission heard from Frankovich and the public for nearly three hours Tuesday night.  Several people spoke out about their worries of noise coming from the saloon.  Many of the speakers were in favor of the saloon being allowed to have live music.

Frankovich says he's taken measures to muffle the sound. "For me, the issue is very simple. I want to host live music here and I don't want to disturb any of my neighbors while doing that." 

He says he has installed double pane windows and 4 inch thick sound baffles. The owner says the live music contributes to an increase in nightly income for him.

The approval from the commission comes with conditions, including limiting noise from the restaurant to 75 decibels as well as requiring bands to stop playing at 10:00 p.m. on week nights and at 12:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

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