HUNTERSVILLE – Some residents complain that a new bar in town keeps them awake at night.
In the Wind Bar opened in March off Old Statesville Road. It was formerly known as Easy Eddie’s Bar off Statesville Road.
The location was once a worm farm and an H&R Block.
Neighbors who live 100 feet across from the bar say it attracts more than 300 motorcycles every Wednesday for a biker event. They say the bar’s music and motorcycles are noisy and disturb their lives.
But anyone can legally open a business along N.C. 115 if a house or existing company decides to sell.
“N.C. 115 has been a state road zoned for highway commercial for decades,” said Jack Simoneau, planning director for Huntersville. “It’s a thoroughfare. Only one section is a non-commercial area.”
The bar took mandatory steps to lawfully and legally obtain a permit to buy the property. The town board also approved a noise ordinance for commercial activity issued by the Huntersville Police Department.
“Only a few people have complained about the noise from the bar, but the level of noise isn’t in violation,” said Cleveland Spruill, Huntersville Police Department chief. “It is not unreasonable. The owner will do what needs to be done if they violate the law.”
In the Wind Owner Bar Judy Ellis believes she and her bar are not the bad guys. She wants people to know the bar is a friendly, safe environment where she welcomes all people, not just bikers, who come for different reasons and blend together like a family.
Ellis said the man across the street frequently calls the police on her business. Ellis claims she shuts off outside music at 10 p.m. and that most bikers leave the premises at that time.
“Ambulances make more noise coming through here than our bikers,” Ellis said. “Bikers are usually coming and going. Our noise does not exceed the noise level issued by the police.”
Spruill said the bar must generate criminal activity and disorderly behavior before police can do anything. He suggests residents find out the zoning of an area before buying a home.
“If we find out the noise from bikers increases to a point where it is in violation of the ordinance, then we will take action,” he said.
As a born and raised resident of Huntersville, Ellis feels proud to bring a bar like In the Wind to the town.
She holds special events and hosts fundraisers to bring the community together.
“We are not here to creative havoc. I came here because the community asked me to come back,” she said. “I told the neighbor across the street it could be much worse.”
As far as the future of N.C. 115, the road will be divided into a four-way highway. Transportation authorities cannot start the widening project until there is enough money to do so.
“The intersection at N.C. 115 and N.C. 73 should allow people to get a vision as to what N.C. 115 will look like in the future,” Simoneau said.