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Neighbors worry about noise at new Deep South Taco proposed for Hertel

Plans for Deep South Taco on Hertel Avenue call for a building at the corner of Starin Avenue with an outdoor patio offering music and seating for 140.

But when the proposal went before the city Planning Board Monday, neighborhood residents expressed concerns with potential noise and parking problems, as well as a general feeling the development might be too big for the neighborhood.

Now, developer Richard Hamilton isn’t sure he wants to go through with the plan.

“I might not do it,” Hamilton said after the Planning Board meeting. He indicated he was surprised by the neighborhood concerns.

The Planning Board tabled a vote until the developers are able to hold a community meeting, and also present a more detailed and complete proposal.

The restaurant would be located at 1707 Hertel, in the building that was previously a Quik Lube Station. Hamilton said he spent $60,000 last year on an environmental cleanup.

Plans submitted Monday showed the restaurant exterior as being orange and yellow, but Hamilton said he might want more toned-down colors, possibly more of a rust color.

Hamilton and his architect said they attempted to hold a neighborhood meeting, but no neighbors showed up. Most neighbors at Monday’s meeting said they were never invited to a community meeting.