A lawsuit filed yesterday by a group of 9 residents of the area around White Oak Music Hall asks for both a temporary and permanent stop on the construction and permitting of the permanent outdoor stage planned for the venue, as well as its required entourage of new bathrooms. The suit also asks for a stop on all other amplified outdoor events at the complex (including those on the other smaller outdoor stages by bar-on-a-stick Raven Tower), and for damages related to noise nuisance issues — allegedly including sleep deprivation and bass-fueled vibrations strong enough to rattle windows and picture frames. (There’s also an affidavit from a schoolteacher in support of the plaintiffs’ contention that a neighborhood child diagnosed with a specific condition has been suffering panic attacks directly related to the noise.)
The map above of the area around Little White Oak Bayou‘s I-45 crossunder was included with the group’s filing. The map shows the 2-part venue’s stages in red and Raven Tower in its signature blue, along with some quarter-mile radius circles drawn over the sea of orange residential land; pink is for parking lots, and yellow shows the venue’s Lawn area.
The temporary stage that had been filling in indefinitely for the permanent one is being taken apart this week to make room for the long-term stage’s construction, according to the filing. A hearing on the requested temporary stop is scheduled for this afternoon.
- Original Petition [Feldman & Feldman]
- Previously on Swamplot: White Oak Music Hall Truce: Rebuild Temporary Stage Temporarily, Go Permanent in February; City Red Tags White Oak Music Hall for Illegal Outdoor Stage Construction; City Nixes White Oak Music Hall’s Deja-Vu Stage Permit Plan; White Oak Music Hall Ready for Full Opening, Noise Citation Hearing; The Shakeup Around White Oak Music Hall’s Outdoor Stage; A Raven’s Eye Update on the Scene Around Newly-Sorta-Opened White Oak Music Hall on North Main; Newly Blue Raven Tower Bar to Swoop Into Place Ahead of White Oak Music Hall; White Oak Music Hall Rising on N. Main Next to Houston’s Best-Known Bachelor-Pad-on-a-Stick; Glen Park Coyote Comes Out for an Evening Stroll Near the Corner of North Main St. and New Music; The Lonely Spot East of the Heights Where the Operators of Fitzgerald’s Are Planning a Massive New Concert Venue Complex
Image: Harris County District Clerk’s office