Neighbors hitting roadblocks over concerns about noisy TV show filming in Rochester


    Neighbors said the excessive noise from a TV set is keeping them up all night and their complaints are not being heard. (WHAM photo)

    Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - Filming for a new TV show began at 7 p.m. Monday at Eastman Business Park.

    The makeshift racetrack is for a Netflix show called Hyperdrive, and as the name suggests, it involves loud cars.

    Warren Kelley lives on Merrill Street, directly behind the TV set.

    “The only noise has been the engines revving and the tires squealing, and that goes on quite a bit,” said Kelley.

    Neighbors who live near the Eastman Business Park said the excessive noise goes into the early morning hours and has been keeping them up since late last week.

    "I'm very tired, very tired,” said Gerri DeMeyer, who’s lived in the neighborhood for 57 years. “I'm a bus monitor, and I'm with my kids and go to work and I'm tired. I come home and have to take a nap.”

    Neighbors said they were only notified about the filming on Sunday, one day before filming started.

    The notice doesn't say who sent it, but apologizes in advance for any inconvenience during the two-week filming overnight from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

    DeMeyer said she’s been hitting roadblocks when trying to get answers.

    “I called the one number and got the voicemail and left a message. I left my name and number,” she said. “Then I called 311, and they said I can give you the communications number. For what?”

    Both DeMeyer and Kelley said they're not against the making of the show. They just want the noise to stop at a reasonable time

    “I think it’s exciting they’re doing it and all that, but 7 to 7 for noise?” said Kelley. “I’d like to see it stop at 11 o’clock. We’ll put up with the noise up until 11; that’s normal.”

    DeMeyer agreed.

    "I don't want two weeks of this,” she said. “I don't even want to go to bed tonight."

    13WHAM has reached out to the production crew, Greetings Media, LLC and have yet to hear back.

    A spokesperson for the city sent a statement saying it has spoken to Greetings Media who said they would be making some changes.

    The full statement from the city reads:

    The film is an exciting opportunity for Rochester. It helps us promote our city while bringing in jobs and commerce. However, the City has heard the concerns of the neighbors.
    We have spoken with both Greetings Media and Kodak, who assured us that they would be making some changes to the production process.
    Individuals with concerns should call the on-site production team at (213) 281-9314.

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