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Converted Dentist Office Irks Neighbors as Little Rock Concert Venue

Crowded street parking, concert posters and loud music all sound like staples of a successful concert venue, except when it's in the middle of a residential neighborhood.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Crowded street parking, concert posters and loud music all sound like staples of a successful concert venue, except when it's in the middle of a residential neighborhood.

Neighbors near 24th and Main say a former dentist office has operated as a concert venue for more than a year.

But a poster advertising a show for Wednesday night at "The Squeeze" on South Main goes too far, according to nearby resident Tom Davis.

"This is a residential neighborhood," Davis says. "There are businesses along here, but not like that."

The building resides as a part of the Capitol Zoning District Commission.

"When people want to do something in the neighborhood, they bring us an application and we can approve it or deny it," Boyd Maher with CZDC says. "But when someone has just made up their mind they're not going to obey the rules we're kind of at a loss."

The CZDC has limited enforcement of zoning violations. Maher says it can ask the attorney general for a court order to shut the venue down, but in the meantime are hoping Little Rock police keep an eye on it.

"At some point it rises above the level of just some guys having some friends over and throwing a house party."

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