Arts center’s efforts to be good neighbor laudable |

Arts center’s efforts to be good neighbor laudable

It’s much to the credit of the management of Center for the Arts in Grass Valley that the center is moving quickly to address grumbles about come noise.

The nonprofit arts center on West Main Street (it’s right across from the Elks Lodge) is blossoming. Members of its board of directors have rolled up their sleeves – literally, in many cases – and spruced up a venue that’s used for everything from pop-music concerts to political forums.

Some of those concerts, however, are loud.

And some of the crowds who attend the concerts are understandably enthusiastic – read “noisy” – as they leave Center for the Arts at the end of a show.

Because the center abuts residential neighborhoods on two sides, noise quickly can become a problem, particularly on weekdays. Neighbors, in fact, were grumbling after a noisy Thursday night concert not long ago.

The willingness of Center for the Arts management to listen to those who live nearby was a good first step. But more important, the center’s management promised to determine ways that the center can be a good neighbor.

That may not be as easy as it looks. Because Grass Valley is halfway between Reno and the Bay Area, the center may be able to book top-drawer musical acts looking to make some money on otherwise dark aquanauts, and those shows will be important to the center’s financial success. The center may pay a real financial cost to remain a good neighbor.

The neighborhood, meanwhile, has a stake in the success of Center of the Arts. The building, built long ago to house a car dealership, can be an eyesore when it’s vacant. It doesn’t lend itself to many other uses. The neighborhood benefits when the building has owners who care about the property and its neighbors.

The entire city benefits, too, as Center for the Arts serves as one of the centerpieces of a vibrant nightlife in downtown Grass Valley.

The positive way the center is addressing neighbors’ recent concerns will go a long way toward establishing a good relationship for years to come.

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