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Vote To Expand Center of Tallahassee Amphitheater Postponed

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Posted at 6:03 PM, Oct 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-09 05:56:48-05

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- As the Centre of Tallahassee considers making its new amphitheater even bigger, capital city residents are pushing back against the proposal.

The Centre of Tallahassee continues to shape up as it undergoes phase one of its renovation process. They're building a sign at the John Knox Road entrance that will be in addition to the one already at Monroe Street.

The mall's developer want to expand the amphitheater to seat 10,000 people. Residents who live in this area are concerned about the noise, among other issues. And they raised their concerns at the city’s Development Review Committee meeting Monday morning.

Lisa powers was one of several people who spoke up at the meeting. She says the amphitheater will create what she calls "noise pollution," and it's something she finds unhealthy. She's not the only one. Buddy Barker has lived in the Suburban Hills neighborhood since the 1960's. He says a bigger amphitheater could affect property value. “If we put our homes on the market, and this mall is very noisy...that would have an effect on people that may want to be interested in buying my home."

In addition to noise, residents raised concerns over traffic and parking needed to accommodate a bigger crowd at the amphitheater.

However, the mall’s developers where not at the meeting, so they couldn’t answer any of the concerns for the residents concerned. The developer instead, asked to the committee to postpone its vote on the expansion, giving them more time to submit materials to support the expansion proposal.

The Development Review Committee is scheduled to make a vote on the expansion at its November 9th meeting.

However, Tallahassee City Commissioners are scheduled to vote on a noise ordinance policy Wednesday. The mall's developers say they plan to announce a major tenant tied to the amphitheater pending that vote.