Buckhead Coalition President Sam Massell said things have quieted down after he warned nightclub owners that their businesses were causing too much racket.
Now a new plan to expand the Buckhead Community Improvement District to include the West Village area could keep it that way, Massell says.
Last September, Massell made a highly visible pitch to local media and club owners about the volume of the nightlife in the West Village. He held a meeting at the Buckhead Theater, stood in front of an audience of nightclub owners with city and law enforcement officials behind him, and said they had two choices. Massell said they could either voluntarily keep the noise in check or he would bring the full force of the law down on them.
A few months later, Scott Selig, vice president of Selig Enterprises and a member of the Buckhead Coalition and Buckhead CID, played the good cop to Massell’s bad cop by reaching out to club owners in the spirit of cooperation.
Massell said recently he likes what he isn’t hearing.
“We’ve not had anything like the number of complaints we used to have,” Massell said. “Scott Selig has been working with the clubs in developing a self-monitoring program.”
Massell said efforts to expand the CID to the West Village, the home of the nightlife hot spots, could help keep the noise down.
“Money would be available then to help provide good public amenities and benefits that would make for a better quality of life for the night life and day life,” Massell said.
Jim Durrett, executive director of the Buckhead CID, said he is currently working on a presentation about what CID membership will mean for the property owners in the short term. He will soon present his findings to the owners of about 61 parcels in the West Village area.
Property owners will have to voluntarily join the self-taxing entity. Durrett says the CID can make improvements to the sidewalks, crosswalks, lighting and drainage, making it more aesthetically pleasing and safer for pedestrians.
Durrett said raising the level of the conversation can indirectly help alleviate concerns about nightclub noise.
“Any time you bring people together to talk about and to actually make improvements, then the community gets to know each other better,” Durrett said. “They understand issues and what they can do together to address issues. Any organizing activity is bound to lead to better dialogue in addressing other issues.”