Imperial Hotel owner Shadd Danesi is in the final stages of preparing the venue for opening, he told Sydney Star Observer.
Danesi wants to get the soundproofing perfect before he sets a date, to head off the potential for complaints from neighbours.
“We’re still trying to address the breakout of base noise,” Danesi said. “We’re making headway but there are a lot of issues with sound in such an old building.
“It’s only a slight breakout of noise and to the average person in the street it wouldn’t make any difference at all. We’ve been testing the sound at two and three in the morning without complaints, but you can hear it in the street.
“My concern is that some neighbours might go there and listen and then ring council and that’s why we’ve got to go over and above the call of duty here.
“I know what council’s attitude is going to be if we don’t get it perfect, so it’s pointless opening until I’ve got it right.”
Danesi said he was committed to striking a balance between the needs of patrons and residents.
“We need to keep the right volume of music inside for the patrons to keep them happy and at the same time we need to respect our neighbours by stopping any breakout of base noise. We’re working hard on it and no one is more frustrated than I am.”
The venue is using a range of soundproofing materials, with acoustic insulation batts placed in ceiling areas, and compressed acoustic fibre cement siding in others.
However, the biggest project is getting new acoustic doors — each weighing 100 kilograms — custom-made for the building.
“You just can’t go and buy these in stores,” Danesi said. “I had to get them designed by an acoustic engineer. Once they’ve been priced and ordered, it takes another two to three weeks to make them, and we have to reinforce the doorframes to take them.”
Once that is finished, an Occupation Certificate Report can be completed and signed off by council.

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