At a Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on Monday, Sept. 24, residents Xu Cheng and Christine and Andrew Medvedev told the commission that loud, throbbing music is being played at the Cobb’s Mill Restaurant past midnight on weekends causing them to lose sleep.
They also said bright lights from the building and cars in the parking lot are flooding into their homes after midnight as well.
A non-conforming commercial property located in a residential zone, for years the Cobb’s Mill Inn operated as a restaurant and occasional venue for milestone events such as weddings.
In recent years, the restaurant fell into bankruptcy and sat empty until 2010, when the property’s new owner, Drew Friedman, took over.
In 2011, Mr. Friedman asked P&Z to amend its regulations to create a Neighborhood Event District to allow for the operation of a cabaret and entertainment center. That request was denied.
Mr. Friedman then renamed the restaurant La Roue Elayne at Cobb’s Mill Inn after the restaurant’s new co-owner Elayne Cassara, and the restaurant has resumed operation including performances by local bands.
Neighbors say the bands are very loud and Weston police have records of noise complaints for music being played after midnight.
The town currently does not have a noise ordinance, but police often advise residents to keep noise down after midnight.
In a letter to Mr. Friedman dated Sept. 18, Weston Code Enforcement Officer James Pjura told Mr. Friedman that if the lower parking lot was being used, it was supposed to include a timber fence and landscaping to shield the neighbors. He also said neighbors had complained about loud music.
At the P&Z meeting Sept. 24, neighbors said the parking lot is being used but no fencing or landscaping has been done to it.
Mr. Pjura also reminded Mr. Friedman that P&Z had not granted permission for “cabaret and entertainment uses” on the property.
Mr. Friedman was unable to attend the meeting and the commission took no vote on the matter.
The commission will review the terms and conditions of the zoning permit issued to Mr. Friedman for the lower level parking lot and discuss the issue at its next meeting on Monday, Oct. 1.