Aw CRAP!!!

Discussion in 'Studio Lounge' started by Cucco, Jul 17, 2006.

  1. Cucco

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    Well, I'm going to dump a bit here out of frustration and anger...hang in there if you want...

    Well, I've been in a commercial location with my studio for a little over a year. The space I was in was a 1200 square foot unit that was intended as a temporary space while I looked for my utopia. It worked quite well, but had minor flaws (such as a chronically leaking ceiling and the rednecks who would do doughnuts in their 4 wheelers in the parking lot for hours on the weekends...)

    I spent a year looking for real estate (my wife's an agent, so that helped a LOT), researching building/zoning codes and so on.

    About 2 months ago, I found my Utopia. It was an upstairs unit above a jewelry store in a historic property (the land was owned by George Washington at one point.) The unit was built with sound in mind (er, I should say, remodeled) as it had floating hardwood floors in all three rooms with Roxul insulation throughout. It was NICE space.

    So, I put in my permit applications (zoning, business app, etc.). Bear in mind, this property was a city-owned government building prior to me and the jewler gettin a hold of it.

    Well, after I dropped a LOAD of money getting custom acoustic work done to the place as well as picking up some new equipment, the city came to me and said that there was a problem with my permits and that I'd have to move out!!!!

    They insist that the unit I am in was used as a residence and therefore I would need to do a "Change Of Use" application which they've already told me that they would decline (and it would take 4-6 weeks to complete). The whole reason is, if I convert from a residence, which only needs 2 parking spaces per city code, to a business, which based on space and size requirements would need 5 dedicated off-street parking spaces. Since this is in the historical district of the town NO ONE has 5 off-street parking spaces. I DO however have a 5 Million dollar parking structure literally right across the street!!! They've stated that this won't count towards my parking!!!!

    Arggggghhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :x :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:

    So...I'm closing up shop! I am out over $20K after everything is said and done!!!

    I've decided I will still do on-location classical work and I will devote the rest of my time to mastering. I do have a basement which will work for the mean time. (I custom built my house a couple years ago with the basement as a theater. I only have to do minor modifications to get this to be a mastering suite and I already have most of the gear.) Much of the custom acoustic treatments that I had worked up for me will be able to be used in the home mastering suite, but I'll have to have the company come and do the consultation with me again...$$$$

    Anyway, I will be selling off a LOT of gear here in the very near future if anyone is interested.

    First to go will be my variety of preamps.

    Check out the buy and sell section of the forum - I'll be offloading some stuff there.

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    J.
  2. Boltino

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    Sorry man, that is horrible. I work as a Civil Engineer and deal with zoning, permits, etc. all day long. Every city is different, but I've run into similar situations with parking requirements. We just changed our ordinances to allow shared parking (which does what it says). This works especially well if two business have different operating hours (movie theater and dentist office for example.) I'm sure you've looked at every option, but I just thought I'd mention it.

    It really bothers me when municipalities negate common sense for regulation (like not counting the parking structure you are next too). Anyway, I thought I'd send you my condolences.

    Wes
  3. pr0gr4m

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    There are not enough bad words in the english language to help me express how this makes me feel...and it's not even happening to me. :evil:

    Yet another example of the lack of common sense that many of our governments operate with today....don't get me started! :evil: :evil:

    Well, if you are dumping any of those pre's "Free to a good home", I'll take one! I've got nice little home studio where he can run and play. I've also got a few other pre's so he'll never be lonely. My brand new power conditioner will make sure that he's fed well and he'll get plenty of exercise with all the screamers I've been working with lately.
  4. RemyRAD

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    Oh man Jeremy! That is just the worst! Freakin' stupid government idiocy! I can't help but think that something else is rotten in Denmark? Perhaps some stupid government dweeb has their eye on this property and so is making it impossible for you? Can you say corruption? Have you considered any bribes? I've heard sometimes that extra cash that quietly passes between certain hands could make the difference? How can they rectify the jewelry store parking?

    Much luck with everything else.
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  5. Cucco

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    Yeah, it all stinks of something. The sad thing is, the parking issue shouldn't even apply to me. Since I'm a business moving into a place which was previously a business, the lack of parking issue is supposed to be grandfathered.

    If you're familiar with historic Fredericksburg (Remy, you may be, Wally Cleaver's is only 1 mile south of that - consequently, my home is only 1 mile south of Wally Cleaver's) - there IS NO PARKING unless you're willing to parallel park on the street. Apparently, there weren't too many cars in the early 1800's when downtown was being built!

    Oh well. There's a silver lining there somewhere!

    J
  6. RemyRAD

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    Yes, it has that odor about it. I'm not sure where Wally Cleaver's may be these days since Peter Bonta sold his studio? I do remember his original location was strictly on street parking that was difficult at best.

    I'm hoping for the best for you and your family in these financially trying times that probably causes much strain in your relationship.
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  7. zemlin

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    :x

    that really sucks.
    I hope you find your BIG silver lining soon!
  8. MadTiger3000

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    Contact the councilman for that ward IMMEDIATELY.

    Fight, fight, fight.

    Call local newspaper. Get the story out.
  9. pr0gr4m

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    Stupid 1800's!
    They always ruin everything!
  10. RemyRAD

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    Uh oh!!! I think the Tiger is mad? Nice kitty, nice kitty.

    Please stay away from Roy?
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  11. MadMax

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    Hey J-man... this does suk!

    I'm with MadTiger... get ahold of the ward rep... and choke the livin' cra... naaawww. Better not choke his ass... the B.S. stain's hard to get out from under the fingernails. Would probably last for weeks or even months!

    Seriously, since you've already invested that much money, then I'd at least fight to get re-imbursed for some of those funds, or they can grandfather you in on the parking as the council originally agreed upon.

    Are there any minutes from the meeting where they approved you initially? If so, there's a smokin' gun. Reload it, and point it backatem!

    Max
  12. David French

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    Jeremy,

    So sorry my friend.

    :(
  13. MadTiger3000

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    Council minutes search:

    http://www.fredericksburgva.gov/record/record.asp
  14. Cucco

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    Hehe...you guys are funny.

    This one never made it to City council. It's up to the zoning inspector and fire marshall. Only if I appealed their decision would it have gone that far. The problem is, (and you can check it out using that cool search option) appeals don't go so hot usually.

    Besides, they can still make my life hell if I do win.

    This city is so nuts, to apply to hang a sign in front from your building (even if you own it), you must supply 10 copies of:

    A picture or accurate drawing of the sign
    A picture and specifications of the hanging hardware
    An artist's depiction of the elevation of the building showing sign placement
    A description and specifications of the materials of the sign.

    Signs are only voted on monthly and you must be present at the time of voting or your sign is automatically declined!

    The thing is, I'm tired of fighting this city. I have done so for years.

    Example - there is a property in downtown referred to as Maury School. This former city high-school is uninhabited and has been for some time. For years, I and several other lobbyists have been trying to propose that they build the old school into an arts center housing a medium-sized concert hall/theater as well as a music school (privately held organization which has charters to handle the musical needs of home-schooled and disadvantaged children as well as private instruction), visual ART museum and could also house much needed city offices. The offer was in the millions to buy and renovate this place and I had financial backing from some larger corporations.

    Instead, they sold the building to a developer from Richmond for $300K so he could turn it into several garden-style condos.

    I am just so fed up with the whole politics thing, I just plain old GIVE UP.

    Like I said, I'll still be in business - I'll just do mastering and on-location recording which is okay by me.

    Overall, it just sucks a hairy monkey's ass that this kind of thing can be allowed to happen today.

    I think I would have had better luck in communist China!!!

    Thanks for all your support guys! (and gals)

    J.
  15. chrispick

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    Man, this whole thing really sucks. Very depressing. Sorry to hear about it.
  16. MadMax

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    I hate to admit it... but sometimes it's better to just cut the loss off and hopefully take the most tax write-off you can.

    Still sux though.

    Any chance you wanna' locate to NC? This county is SERIOUSLY pro-business... especially here in my quiet lil' burg. They just want building codes to be followed... usage be damed (within reason)

    X
  17. Cucco

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    I have SO thought about it! The cost of living in NC is so much better than here. It would be friggin sweet!!!!

    Plus, going to the beach is easier. Instead of sitting on 95 south for 12 hours in thich ass traffic, I could sit on 40 for hours in thick ass traffic!

    :lol:

    What county/city are you in??

    J.
  18. MadMax

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    Alamance County - Graham

    On a map, look for Greensboro... we ain't there... (I know... I'm a smartass)

    Go east of Greensboro... look for Burlington. We're just east of Burlington.

    Alamance Couunty is just west of the I-40/I-85 split.

    It's just under an hour to Raleigh, 20 Minutes to Greensboro, 30-45 minutes to Winston-Salem, about 6 hours to DC, 3 hours to the beach and 3 hours to Asheville.

    Gimme a shout if'n ya' want!

    X
  19. zemlin

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    If you can make it into Alamance County, just get off the interstate and get lost. It seems regardless of which way you want to go, you'll probably end up in Graham.

    I lived down there from '86-'94. Nice area if you like hot summers, a couple if ice storms in the winter (and folks who have no clue how to drive in bad weather), and red clay. I'm a midwest boy and never got used to the southern culture. It never felt like home.

    I lived in Greensboro and started out working in Burlington. When we first moved there and were exploring the area around Burlington, it seemed we always ended up on Graham, regardless of where we thought we were going.
    :-?
  20. Cucco

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    That's funny Zemlin -

    I like the midwest as well.

    I have seriously been considering moving for a while, this just kinda helps me make up my mind. Though I must admit, I've been thinking about going back to Arkansas...(I know...why - go ahead and insert Arkansas or Clinton joke here __________________________________________).

    But seriously, they take their music programs very seriously in the mid west and mid south. I have a few friends remaining there which could set me up with a full-time horn studio the week I move back, not to mention, there's really only one guy doing all of the festival/college/pro orchestra/band recordings down there and he's not that good. (Though he is the one who got me started in the business a LONG time ago.)

    The red clay has got to be the downfall though. I'm a gardener. I like my homegrown tomatoes and peppers and herbs and melons and so on. Clay doesn't work so well for that.....Oh well...

    :D

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