Reasonable Noise Levels for 375 Market Street

Reasonable Noise Levels for 375 Market Street

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Kimiko Wittkopp started this petition to City of Boston and

The Boston Municipal Code aims to "maintain healthy air quality and noise levels in the City," particularly in the hours before 7:00 A.M. and after 11:00 P.M. (City of Boston, 2019, https://www.boston.gov/noise-boston). Orange Theory Fitness has not followed this directive, as they have continued to disrupt the peace of their residential neighbors. Appeals to the business manager, employees, and landlord have not produced viable results, and the residential tenants in the building continue to suffer. The noise pollution includes amplified voice via microphone, music over a PA system, and other noise associated with workout classes. The amount of noise, often beginning before 5 A.M., is unreasonable to the other renters in the same building, including families, young business professionals, and elderly residents.

The residents of 375 Market Street are significantly affected by the excess noise, especially in the hours before 7 A.M. Orange Theory Fitness' business activities have had an undue impact on our sleep, utility bills, personal finances, emotional well-being, and ability to carry out personal and business duties without disruption. In our attempts to reduce the noise in our units, residents have had to purchase noise dampening items such as rugs, fans/noise machines, earplugs, etc. without reimbursement or efficacy. Additionally, the vibrations from the business can be heard and/or felt through the floor, HVAC, and wall fixtures.

We are asking the city to support the residents' need for reasonable peace and quiet. To our knowledge, Orange Theory has not made any attempts to solve the issue (other than temporarily turning the volume down a slight amount). More effective interventions may include but are not limited to: installation of soundproofing and/or sound insulation materials at the expense of Orange Theory, complete discontinued use of sound equipment during quiet hours, a rescheduling of classes, and/or fines or comparable repercussions for failure to abide by city ordinances.

This petition verifies that the residents of 375 Market Street are significantly affected by Orange Theory Fitness and that our previous attempts to resolve the issue are neither rare nor incidental. The signatures on this petition include those of residents and of their supporters who see this ongoing disturbance as a valid and pressing concern.

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