You may recall that in late September we posted an update on the new Brookland Middle School, to be built next to the Turkey Thicket Recreation Center. Recently this project has generated a bit of controversy because the Department of General Services (DGS) is requesting Extended Work Hours Permits so that the project can stay on schedule and open the school by August 2014. (It turns out that a gas pipe needs to be moved unexpectedly, which will delay construction.) According to a presentation, below, from a meeting DGS had with the public, they would like construction hours from 5:00 am – 12:00 am (midnight) for the October 16 – Dec 31 timeframe. As you can imagine, asking immediate neighbors to endure two and a half months of construction noise with only 5 quiet hours a day is a tough sell. In addition, DGS is also requesting 24 hours-a-day construction permits for interior work from January 1 – August 14th 2014. Sasha Ghosh-Siminoff, who lives next to the Brookland Middle School construction site reached out to us to ask the following:
As someone who lives next door to the construction site and is already dealing with the major problems of noise, dust and vibrations that may or may not be causing damage to my house’s structural integrity, I ask simply that you stand me and my fellow neighbors who live on 12th, Shepherd and 10th Streets, in opposing this extended work permit by the signing the google petition below. Thank you for your time.
The DGS presentation: