Is the music over for Shady Park in Tempe after court ruling?

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The downtown Tempe community that surrounds shaded parka nightclub and music venue on Mill Avenue, is angered by a court ruling that will end live music on the site.

Shady Park was forced to cease all live music operations after a Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled in favor of a retirement community across the street.

The venue has been one of downtown Tempe’s most popular clubs since the business opened in 2014. The ruling against the venue has shocked the Tempe community, as residents question why a judge would favor a retirement community in the middle of an entertainment and college district. city.

Mirabella at ASU, a 20-story seniors’ residential building across from Shady Park on Mill Avenue, filed a lawsuit in 2021 against the nightclub over what was deemed in court documents to be excessive noise from of the place which was disturbing the elderly residents.


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“With all these new buildings surrounding Mill Avenue, the culture and history of Mill Avenue will diminish faster than I can imagine. These developments such as the Nursing Home and the new construction of the Omni Hotel will cause more complaints which may eventually lead to the downfall of downtown Tempe,” said Haley Vial, an Arizona State University alumnus.

The site will appeal the decision and will be forced to close if the decision is upheld, according to a statement of Shady Park after the decision.

“While we never thought ASU would use its land for a retirement home, we are even more surprised that the ASU Foundation’s profit center is deemed more important than the local community and culture that makes this downtown so special,” the statement read. .

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 20 businesses closed in downtown Tempe, which was once a hotspot for Valley nightlife businesses. If the decision is upheld, Shady Park could soon join the long list of businesses that have closed in the area.

“This move has the potential to cost many employees their jobs and rob the City of Tempe of an economic and cultural asset,” Tempe Vice Mayor Randy Keating said during the council business session. Municipality of Tempe on April 21. Keating also said the venue has contributed to Tempe’s reputation as “the live music capital of the Valley.”

The venue has already received overwhelming support from the surrounding community, with more than 100 community members protesting in the streets of Tempe on April 20 and more than 20,000 signatures on #SaveShadyParka petition to the Tempe City Council for the venue’s continuation of live music.

“ASU is renowned for its laid-back, fun-loving lifestyle and with the rise of these new businesses, Mill Ave will never be the same,” Vial said.

As Tempe tries to retain its culture and reputation as a hotbed for nightlife businesses, the city’s development boom questions whether the city can retain what it once was.

“We hope that this local business can be preserved and that the music venues, which contribute so much to the culture of Tempe, can continue to improve our city’s quality of life and economy,” Keating said.

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