Wallingford officials, Oakdale Theatre working on compromise

WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH)–There was very little noise Monday night at Wallingford’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting about the loud noise some neighbors near the Oakdale Theater have been complaining about for months.

In fact, the attorney for Live Nation, which brings these concerts and events to the Oakdale, is confident a compromise will be made.

Months ago, a cease and desist order was issued for three violations. The theatre appealed it, but it was voted down. These moves were frustrating for people like Bob Wells and Joe Tenczar who grew up going to the iconic theatre.

Many say it was a sign of hope as the town agreed to not uphold that cease and desist order for now. Joan Molloy, an attorney for Live Nation explained.

“So, sort of keep it status quo,” Molloy said. “Live Nation will be filing an appeal of denial of its application to override the cease and desist and we will proceed with a planning and zoning application and hopefully planning and zoning will resolve the action on that application and will resolve all the issues.”

The issues are parking, hosting events in the dome, which is actually considered a lobby, and of course the major issue which is noise. Molloy says, “We’re still trying to work on a resolution that allows the theatre to operate and not distract our neighbors.”

“I finally see the town and Live Nation coming together. It seems like they’re communicating and there’s effort and I don’t think the public has seen this,” Wells said.

The next meeting will be in early July. Until then, the shows at the Oakdale will go on as scheduled.

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