Broadway residents will be able to access homes during festival

Gary Kean
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Margaret Hicks stands on lower Broadway near the intersection of Concord Avenue, where she lives, with the site of the Three Bear Open Air Music Festival behind her.
— Star photo by Gary Kean

CORNER BROOK  The City of Corner Brook says residents of the lower Broadway will have full access to their homes during an all-day music festival planned for Sept. 7.

Gates for the Three Bear Open Air Music Festival will open at 2 p.m. on that Saturday, and a portion of lower Broadway will be shut down to vehicular traffic.

Margaret Hicks lives on Concord Avenue, a side street off lower Broadway. She has voiced her concerns about late-night noise emanating from the nightclub district in the past.

When she heard about the Three Bear Open Air event, she wanted some answers regarding the logistics behind closing down lower Broadway.

“I asked the city and the mayor where the stage was going to be and how fire trucks and ambulances would be able to get to our area if it was all shut down, but they didn’t have the answers,” Hicks said.

According to Mike Dolter, the City of Corner Brook’s chief administrative officer, the stage for the festival will be set up in front of the large building which once housed The Studio nightclub. A barricade will be set up running across the street from that building to the other side of Broadway.

“When we sat down with (organizing partner) Gros Morne Summer Music, we identified that this is a residential area and the people who live there would have to still be able to access their homes and that will be the case,” assured Dolter.

He said Corner Brook Fire Chief Neville Wheaton has been advised of the festival plans and is comfortable with the setup in terms of emergency response vehicles also being able to access the neighbourhood in the event of an emergency.

The closed section will be from that barricade up to the intersection of Broadway with Caribou Road and Herald Avenue. Dolter said the Corner Brook Downtown Business Association is onboard with the festival idea and has been in communication with the businesses within the closed area.

“No one has come to talk to us about this,” noted Hicks, referring to the area’s residents.

Dolter said it is his understanding that representatives from Gros Morne Summer Music will be making an effort to speak with residents as the planning of the festival continues.

Hicks still has concerns about how loud this event will be for those living in the area and how late it will go on.

The municipal noise bylaw states that things should be quiet between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., but there is a process by which application can be made to the city for “a special permit for a specified period of time” for special events such as a festival or concert.

The event website does not state when the shows are expected to be over.

According to the site, there will be six bands performing at the festival, including The Sadies, Novaks, The Pathological Lovers, Repartee, The Monday Nights and Sherman Downey and the Ambiguous Case. The festival, which will include a beer garden, will be hosted by comedian Jonny Harris.

Twitter: WS_GaryKean

Organizations: Corner Brook Downtown Business Association

Geographic location: Broadway, CORNER BROOK, Concord Avenue Caribou Road Herald Avenue

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Recent comments

  • Donna
    July 28, 2013 - 21:12

    Perhaps the Western Star might consider promoting positive articles in their paper. This group of organizers are doing something positive for Corner Brook and this is what you decide to report on, give me a break.

  • westcoast
    July 27, 2013 - 14:20

    What a shock the old fogies of Corner Brook are at it again.

  • MS
    July 27, 2013 - 13:40

    You live downtown of a city, what do you expect? Move or be quiet, Corner Brook needs more activities and entertainment to keep the city alive and not die and become soley a retirement home!

  • chris
    July 27, 2013 - 11:18

    Of all the beautiful places to have a festival in corner brook why would you choose broadway? have it somewhere where familys could bring a blanket and relax and enjoy and this lady has every right to complain its her place of residence.

  • Rod Lyver
    July 27, 2013 - 11:09

    Here we go again. A group tries to do something to promote our city and the armchair no name trolls are at the gate with their lips smacking of negativity. If you're so "bored" may I suggest Weball where you can entertain yourself whilst leaving the rest of us to our own selfish desires.

  • peter barry
    July 27, 2013 - 10:04

    i agree if you are going to have a festival then we have beautiful prince edward park which would be great for a big festival and be able to bring in a big name act and bring in thousands of people just like the salmon festival.

  • CBGirl
    July 27, 2013 - 09:50

    This festival is a one day thing. Sure, Broadway has noise. You take the good (proximity to shopping) with the bad (noise) when living downtown. If she wants silence, perhaps she needs to look into a nice, boring, lifesucking suburbia subdivision far away from highways, airports, manufacturing, hunting areas, or any other noisemaker. Perhaps the middle of a national park? They should just station a cop with a decibel meter in her driveway to save her from dialing 911 with noise complaints that day.

  • shakin his head
    July 27, 2013 - 09:34

    this lady again...give me a break...this town will never be anything while its being run by geriatric old farts..we lost the east meets west because of people like this..McHughs had to remove its awesome garage door because of this lady...if you don't like it MOVE!!!!!!.there is lots of room at the long term care on the hill...I have lived here for 22 years and all I can say is its getting worse not better...might as well change name to Corner Brook Acres Seniors Village!

  • Citizen
    July 27, 2013 - 09:10

    Ms. Hicks really should think about relocating to a quiet part of the city. Broadway's activities are not going to stop to accommodate her, nor should they.

    • Devil's Advocate
      July 31, 2013 - 18:43

      the city shouldn't be catering to this handful of people, but they seem to be getting their own way, sad. MS said it best above " MS - July 27, 2013 at 14:40:57 You live downtown of a city, what do you expect? Move or be quiet, Corner Brook needs more activities and entertainment to keep the city alive and not die and become soley a retirement home!"

  • Boring
    July 27, 2013 - 08:00

    Call this a festival. BORING. Is this Corner Brook's answer to the. Salmon Festival featuring Rock legends each year or is this an attempt by the mayor and council trying to get elected again on September 24th? Come on, can you come up with a better festival concept? and classic Rock talent to match. I would love to hear AC/DC on Broadway. LOL. Corner Brook will always be a sleepy little town. Time to go to bed.

  • stir the pot
    July 27, 2013 - 07:54

    Would someone buy this lady a sleeping pill?

  • Kelly
    July 27, 2013 - 07:35

    Never fails, the city is trying to get an activity on the go and someone starts to complain. If I not mistaken isn't this the same lady who complains of fireworks, clubs on broadway and a few other things. There were a lot more clubs on broadway years ago and a lot more noise, also the mill would have an event outside club 64 every labour day. This is getting crazy, Corner Brook is not a retirement village. If you don't like it maybe its time to move to a more quite area in the city. People can't expect the young ones to nothing because they are old now. Sorry if this sounds harsh, but I love living here too but it's true what everyone is saying Corner brook needs to start having something here for the people.

    • mummer
      July 27, 2013 - 09:12

      Sorry but Corner Brook is a retirement village, nothing but retirement apartments and condos, look around.