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SALT LAKE CITY -- Residents of a townhome community in Salt Lake City say they have a noisy neighbor, and now they're suing the business.

"It can rattle the windows. It can rattle the ornaments in the windows, and you can hear it throughout the house," said Carole McCraken.

McCraken has lived in the Gateway Townhomes for 11 years. She says her peaceful environment has disappeared since The Rail Event Center moved in last year.

McCraken says concerts, raves and other events at The Rail get so loud they break Salt Lake City's noise ordinance and have lowered the value of her property.

While The Rail's owner admits it was noisy at first, he says he fixed the problem long ago.

"We engaged in a great deal of remedial efforts at significant expense," owner Blake Nakamura said. "Everything from certain sound curtains, certain paints, another wall, certain insulation."

Nakamura attributes the rattling windows, not to The Rail, but to the train tracks, which are also nearby.

McCracken and her neighbors don't think so, and have filed multiple complaints with the city. Now they've filed a lawsuit.

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