Gwinnett homeowners upset over weekend house party

The Gwinnett Police Department confirms it’s looking into a huge house party Saturday near Brookwood High School that brought 3,000 guests to a mansion on Dogwood Road--clogging the busy roadway most of the day.

Neighbors who live in the Brookwood Manor subdivision across the street tell WSB’s Sandra Parrish cars were parked on both sides of the road in their neighborhood while guests walked through yards carrying open containers of alcohol and possibly using drugs.

“The traffic was very congested. There were no police officers directing traffic. People were turning around in the middle of the road… speeding through the neighborhood,” says homeowner Amy Baker.

Some neighbors also complained those attending the party wore little clothing as they walked up and down the street.

Many of the guests were shuttled to the mansion, which sits on 17 acres, from a nearby church on golf carts and ATV’s driven down the two-lane road.

Flyers widely circulated on the internet advertised the “Project X Pool Party” with tickets selling online for $50.

The owner of the mansion, Ty James, daughter of the late singer Rick James, tells Parrish it was just a house-warming party which drew the huge crowd. She denies any problems were caused and apologized to the neighborhood for an inconvenience.

James also denies that a promoter was used for the party or that tickets were sold.

The police department says it received eight complaints about the party on Saturday ranging from noise and traffic problems to fireworks being set off. But no citations were issued other than for a car accident that happened in front of the property.

“We would love for her to be a good neighbor,” says Yvonne Roberts, president of the homeowner’s association. “We assume someone that would buy a $2 million house with nothing but houses around it, wouldn’t want it for a party venue.”

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