Construction work keeping residents awake

Posted at 7:14 PM, Apr 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-21 19:14:34-04

West Palm Beach residents are complaining about loud noises and bright lights coming from a construction site.

The obnoxious sounds, residents say, started in April when construction crews started reporting for work at 3 a.m. at 3 Thirty Three Downtown, located at the intersection of Fern and Dixie.

Throughout the month of April, crews will continue to work at that time when concrete is poured, according to Robert Brown with the city's building department.

Robert said the concrete trucks had a hard deadline during the day that had to be met, which is why the construction work has to begin so early.

"The amount of concrete-- the cubic yardage of concrete--must be poured and finished before that deadline," Robert said.

He added that the construction company, Kast Construction, was required to notify residents living within 1,000 feet of the construction.

Hunter Hutchings lives very close to it. His apartment is about five feet away from the high rise development.

"You just kind of wonder how the city could approve something like this to go on all week long when you've got to get to work and you're only getting an hour of sleep each night," Hunter said.

He said he's been losing a lot of sleep over the last few weeks due to the loud noises and bright lights coming from outside his window.

He added that the work has caused cracks in the walls of his apartment.

"Seems like somebody's trying to get a building done in a hurry, not keeping the people that live in the existing buildings in mind," he said.

Hunter is a guitarist in a local band, and also works at a photo shop in Jupiter.

But he said he's having a hard time functioning at both of those jobs.

"It's hard driving to work. It's hard dealing with people all day long. If you slept through banging and banging all night long. It just effects you," Hunter said.

Robert said that if more residents like Hunter would file a complaint with the city, that employees would consider bringing the construction to an end.

"That authorization is temporary and can be revoked if we get substantiated complaints from the residents," Robert said.

Robert added that he's only heard one complaint so far from residents.

He said it's not uncommon for requests like the one at this project to be made, asking for approval to work so early in the morning or late at night.