The new Hub youth center at Wesleyan Church of Hamburg is proving to be popular with young people, but not so popular with some neighbors, who complain of lights and noise.
Hidden Hollow Road is located behind the church property, and some residents say that since the Hub opened recently it has caused problems.
"It's a massive operation," Robert Sedia said, referring not just to the youth center but the large church. "On Friday nights (when the Hub is open to all young people), there is noise and spotlights, and I'm afraid it's only going to get worse (as activities increase)."
Another resident, Patrick Brylski, feels the same, and his wife, Joan, said the church cut down numerous trees. "We used to have complete privacy, but not anymore," she said.
But because of the location, about six houses in the exclusive 24-home subdivision are affected. Some in the affected area said the problem is minimal.
Brylski's neighbor is Vincent J. Sorrentino, Hamburg town attorney. "If there is any inconvenience, it is infinitesimal compared to the good that is being done there," said Sorrentino, who is not a member of the church.
David Howe, director of operations for the church, said it has tried to be a good neighbor and has installed a stockade fence and additional trees to try to mitigate noise and lights.
Hamburg Police Chief Joseph Coggins said the department has not received any complaints concerning noise or lights, at the facility, but said police will keep an eye on it.