GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – All night, all day: shake, rattle and roll.
Some suburban Garden City families say they can’t get a straight answer as to why ear-shattering construction noise is allowed to wake them.
Their complaints have fallen on deaf ears, say the 190 families who own Cherry Valley Co-Ops in Garden City.
“Sounds like explosions, really very dangerous. And then when I was at the commissioner’s office, I also told them they neglect us. We are the last block in Garden City even though we pay such high taxes,” Patricia Donnelly said.
As CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan reported, for weeks the residents have documented earsplitting sounds and blaring lights early in the morning as Old Country Road is torn up overnight. Sewer and utility infrastructure for a new 11-story apartment building is also being installed just 50 feet from their bedroom.
“The jackhammers going off from 8 p.m. to 2 or 3 in the morning,” Liz Santos said. “We are just not getting any sleep around here.”
The 315-unit project is across the street, technically in Mineola.
Irate, sleep-deprived homeowners are asking why that village is allowing overnight construction permits.
The building commissioner did not return CBS 2’s calls for comment.
Residents complain Garden City and the town of Hempstead should have been informed. They are now blasting Nassau County for allowing the road to be ripped up after midnight.
The county explains it would be a traffic and logistical nightmare to do the work during the date.
“Construction during the day, you have to expect that, but during the evening, usually starts about 10. There are spotlights, jackhammers, diesel engines,” Maurenn Coscino said.
It’s unclear how much longer the waiver allowing all-night construction will continue, McLogan reported.
The county says phase one of the overnight road demolition on Old Country Road ends next week.
Old County Road must still be resurfaced after the utility and sewer work is connected, CBS 2 reported.
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