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Raleigh neighbors compare late night noise to "Mardi Gras"

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

Neighbors in one part of downtown Raleigh say late night noise and commotion during the weekends has not gotten better even after Raleigh Police began increasing patrols around Historic Glenwood Brooklyn.

They say the Sahara hookah bar on Peace Street attracts a drunk and rowdy late night crowd because it's open until at least 4 a.m. on weekends.  Cat Hunter first told WNCN about the problem in May.

"Loud conversations, car doors slamming, music blaring, cars racing up and down the street," Hunter said, "literally racing up and down the street anywhere from midnight to 4 am."

Friday, Hunter updated us on the situation, saying last weekend was like "Mardi Gras."  She says, once again, her family woke up unexpectedly at 3:30 in the morning from noise.  
Earlier this year, after more than 30 911 calls, neighbors got the attention of Raleigh City Council.

"They don't have driveways.  They park on the street, so the neighbors really need the parking spaces," Councilor Mary Ann Baldwin said.

Baldwin says there's now some possible solutions.  Neighbors are now on board with installing new parking zones, she says.  It would be a permit system that would limit street parking to residents only.  The owner of the hookah bar says he's also trying to help by hiring an off-duty Raleigh police officer.  Though Naser Shamma insists his restaurant is not the issue.

"Even if you, as a customer come here, you will see how quiet it is inside our property," Shamma said.  "It's very hard to control people walking on the street."

Councilor Baldwin agrees, but says extra cops stationed during early morning hours couldn't hurt.

"It's a calming influence.  People won't act up if they're leaving there," she said.  "The second thing is it gives the police officers an opportunity to really assess what's happening in the neighborhood."

Baldwin says Raleigh City Council would need to vote on the parking permits.

Derick Waller

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