Vibrations idle Rock Lititz Studio

By on October 16, 2014

The honeymoon between Rock Lititz and its neighbors was short.

It was definitely not sweet.

Don Engle is one of the nearby residents who in June voiced concerns and wrote letters about quality-of-life issues related to the then almost completed Rock Lititz Studio rock-rehearsal testing facility off Newport Road and Route 501.rock littz card

The group  received assurances from Warwick Township, Clair Global and Rock Lititz officials who graciously arranged a tour of the 52,000-square-foot facility – designed for on-site sound and stage testing for rock shows and other events such as the Super Bowl and Grammy Awards.

“We left there feeling very comfortable,” Engle said. “It was Clair…they’ll do it right.”

But residents at the Warwick Township Supervisors meeting Wednesday were told what they already knew.

It was not right.

Andrea Shirk of Rock Lititz told an overflowing audience that low-frequency vibration emanating into nearby residences has forced the closure of the spanking-new $7 million Rock Lititz Studio.Rock_lititz_014

Shirk said Rock Lititz will remain closed until it figures how to prevent low-frequency vibrations that triggered about 50 police resident complaints during the facility’s initial 13-day concert-testing session –  believed to be for Usher whose tour begins Nov. 1.

The company, at considerable cost,  scrambled this week to find a suitable testing venue to accommodate its next scheduled client.

Residents accused the Warwick board of failing its due diligence in monitoring Rock Lititz.

“You failed to protect the people that live here – every one of you,” said Moorland Court resident Harriet Smith.

Smith,  one of a dozen residents who said the vibration made them physically ill, said the testing had “tortured” the community

Supervisors agreed to hire an independent noise abatement consultant and draft. of a noise ordinance.

Rock Lititz has promised to solve the problem. It plans to hire architectural acoustics consultants and maintain an open dialogue with residents.

Shirk said the company will seek the proper DEP permits to move forward on plans to install a 300- to 400-foot tree barrier and earth berm to contain sound.

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