"Windows were rattling": drunken poolside parties at The District out of control
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Reporter: Marcelino Benito
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) -West University neighbors hoping things quiet down after a rowdy start to the school year.
The District on 5th looks like the perfect place to live, a student housing oasis just west of the University, surrounded by historic homes. A place where homeowners hoped to live in a peaceful co-existence with their student neighbors. But for the past two weekends, neighbor Lance Lesny says it's been anything but peaceful.
9OYS reporter Marcelino Benito asked Lesny if he'd ever seen anything like that. He replied, "Never something like that. Never."
He captured it all on his cell phone camera, video of the pool party at the District back on August 15th. Things got so out of hand, Lesny was forced to call Tucson Police to reign in a drunken poolside party that spilled out of control. More than 200 students crammed into the pool area. The area only allows for 140.
"That day was insane," said Lesny. "The music was so loud you could hear it blocks away. Everyone's windows were rattling."
In just two weeks since the District opened, students have racked up 12 police complaints, 11 prank 911 calls and a red tag violation.
"If what happened the last two weekends continues, you can't co-exist with the people that are here," Lesny said.
Most students refused to go on camera, but tell 9OYS this is being blown out of proportion. Benito asked one student if he agrees with neighbors complaints. Robert Roberto replied, "I don't really see how it's getting out of hand. No one is getting hurt or anything. It's just people having a good time together."
But neighbors' accounts and video captured on cell phones is enough evidence for the City of Tucson to step in. Councilman Steve Kozachik held a meeting with building management, police and neighbors to help find solutions.
"None of that is going to be tolerated anymore," Kozachik said. "If someone needs to be thrown out to set an example, that's going to happen."
Kozachik says the city's job is to protect neighborhoods. And he's hopeful the partying will pipe down. All neighbors can do is wait.
"Here's the first game and everyone is worried what's going to happen," Lesny said. "So we'll see what happens this evening."
If things get rowdy again tonight or any other weekend, The District's management has hired extra security officers. 9OYS has also learned they plan to build a noise mitigation wall and other features to help with the noise. They pledge to keep meeting with the West University Neighborhood Association to ensure a good working relationship.