Neighbors upset as 'The Bachelorette' films in Charlotte

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Neighbors upset as 'The Bachelorette' films in Charlotte

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by DIANNE GALLAGHER / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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WCNC.com

Posted on March 15, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 15 at 6:54 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Some residents near the mansion site where reality show ‘The Bachelorette’ is being filmed in Charlotte are already upset.

People who live near the mansion off of Marvin Road south of Ballantyne say they’ve heard noise from helicopters flying at night while crews shoot the show.  

"It was all morning, all night. You go to bed at 11 p.m. and you're hearing helicopters. I could not sleep hearing helicopters hovering at 2 a.m.," said neighbor Denise Laguer. 

Laguer said the area lights up like a football field at night as crews film all over the estate located in the gated Evermay community.

Multiple outlets have reported ‘The Bachelorette’ is filming inside a six-bedroom, 8.5-bath mansion in Charlotte because the Queen City is home to the new Bachelorette, Emily Maynard. 

Nearby store owners say crew members have been coming into businesses for weeks, but last night the bachelors competing for Maynard’s heart on the show were seen getting out of limos.

"It was like five guys per limo pulling into the parking lot. Those guys would get out and then another limo would pull up with more guys. They all went in the house," explained Stephen Simonelli of Lorenzo's Pizzeria.  The restaurant is located about a block away from the mansion.

Simonelli said the producers did warn him about the possibility of noise during the first week of shooting. He is looking forward to a potential increase in business due to interest in the show.

The eighth season of the show will premiere on May 14.  Maynard, who has a 6-year-old daughter, was engaged to NASCAR driver Ricky Hendrick before he died in a plane crash in 2004.

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