Neighbor sues Aspen bar over noise and loitering |

Neighbor sues Aspen bar over noise and loitering

Rick CarrollThe Aspen TimesAspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – The owner of four condominiums in downtown Aspen is seeking a court injunction to order a neighboring bar to turn down its music and stop its patrons from loitering.London resident Christopher Wright, in a complaint filed Thursday in Pitkin County District Court, alleges the Silverqueen Lounge has violated terms of the Pitkin Center Condominiums’ covenants regarding noise and offensive activity.The suit alleges that the quality of life for his tenants, as well as Wright and his family, has been disrupted by the Silverqueen operation since it opened in 2010. The condos and the Silverqueen are located at 520 E. Hyman Ave. The bar is upstairs, at the former space held by Syzygy restaurant (now located on Hopkins Avenue).”When initially opened, the Silverqueen space was operated as a restaurant with a small bar area,” the suit says. “During that time tenants who leased from Wright and Wright and his family were disturbed by loud noise from the Silverqueen space almost entirely on account of the bar operations. Offensive activities by the clientele of the business include smoking and loitering in the public spaces of the building, banging on Wright’s door and generally conducting themselves in a manner that would disturb any reasonable tenant.”The problems have persisted despite numerous complaints to Silverqueen and its landlord, Geld LLC, which also is a defendant in the suit.Silverqueen currently operates solely as a bar and often stays open until 2 a.m., the suit says. As recently as December, one of Wright’s tenants “requested alternate accommodation” because of the noise, the suit says.”The loud music, noise, smoking and loitering problems continued to disturb users of the residential space,” the suit says. The suit claims Wright has lost an estimated $75,000 in rental income and that his condo units have also suffered a loss of market value because of Silverqueen. The suit seeks an injunction to stop the defendants “from maintaining a nuisance on their property by permitting noise, loitering and smoking which interfere with the residential use of Plaintiff’s property.”Joe Howard, owner of Silverqueen, declined comment when reached Friday. The complaint was filed by Robert E. Kendig, of the Aspen law firm Garfield & Hecht

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