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Would Event Venue At Ridge Be Too Loud? Sound Check Set For Wednesday Night

By Linze Rice | September 6, 2017 6:00am
 The building at 5757 N. Ridge Ave. is being eyed as a weekend event venue.
The building at 5757 N. Ridge Ave. is being eyed as a weekend event venue.
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EDGEWATER — Would an event venue at the corner of Ridge and Glenwood avenues be too loud for neighbors nearby? 

A sound check set for Wednesday night seeks to find out. 

The former auto showroom and car repair shop at 5757 N. Ridge Ave. is being eyed as a weekend event venue by business owner and event planner Alexis Leverenz. 

She hopes to transform the 12,000-square-foot building into a place that could be used for activities open to the public and gatherings on weekdays, and private events such as weddings and bat mitvahs on weekends.

Ald. Harry Osterman (48th) held a community meeting at the building with Leverenz last month, where neighbors showed a semi-warm, semi-skeptical reception to the plan. 

Among the biggest concerns from neighbors, aside from parking, was the potential for loud music to sound past the building's walls and reverberate out into the neighborhood. 

To test the scenario, Leverenz will turn music up at the venue from 9:30-10 p.m. to levels generally used during events. If her plan to take over the buildibg comes to fruition, Leverenz said events at the venue would end at midnight and occupants would have to be out by 1 a.m.