Music Center sound abatement planned

George Thorogood & The Destroyers performed at the Stuart & Mimi Rose Music Center at The Heights on June 2.

George Thorogood performs.

HUBER HEIGHTS — The city of Huber Heights plans to mitigate the noise coming from the Rose Music Center that affects residents to the north.

Huber Heights City Manager Rob Schommer said that following the opening show, feedback from a couple of the residents indicated they were receiving some direct noise that was originating out of the center aisle. He said the city wanted to mitigate that to cut the direct sound down as he said there was nothing that’s blocking the sound direct from the speakers.

After monitoring the sound, the city came up with a plan to hang a sound curtain at a cost of about $20,000 from Music Center revenues that will prevent that sound from being directly accessible. He said that the Music Center was designed to cut down on sound by the strategic placement of the concession stands; however, the center area by the main gates, there is still some direct sound.

“We want to be good neighbors and we want a successful venue,” said Schommer. “We felt it was a good idea to mitigate this and be responsive and make sure that we can still maintain quality show performance…”

Schommer said this involves purposely engineered fabric for sound absorption and that he believes this to be a relatively heavy sound deadening material with some form of vinyl type backing for some weather protection. He said that facility operator Music & Event Management, Inc. (MEMI) primarily did the research to find out what the best option was. The curtains are expected to be installed this week.

In its first year of operation, the $19.3 million Rose Music Center will host 29 performances this summer. Shommer said that originally, they felt that a good opening season would have 15 performances. He said that MEMI’s ability to aggressively seek and obtain quality performers for the first season “has far exceeded expectations.”

“We’re just excited to be able to have a full summer—a good start to the year, because our goal is to make the facility the best success that in can be and I think we’ve teamed up and partnered with the right people to do it,” said Schommer. “…This is the right community for something like this. Huber Heights is a great destination and a great host. Secondly, our partnerships with MIMI and also our partnerships with our key sponsor—the Rose Family, and all of the other corporate sponsors…We’re just very pleased and very happy with how things have gone so far. Just about every element of this has exceeded our expectations.”

One of the areas that has exceeded expectation is the heavier use of the box office than anticipated. He said people can save the convenience fees that are charged when ordering tickets online and that there is quick and easy access from I-70 with people coming to the box office from regional areas such as Springfield, Sidney and Centerville.