Pile driving noise concerns Pearl District residents

The pile driving will start in October

Due to the soil near the construction site, workers will be pile driving for a strong building foundation. September 14, 2016, (KOIN)
Due to the soil near the construction site, workers will be pile driving for a strong building foundation. September 14, 2016, (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Two years ago when the Block 17 Apartments were first under construction, Pearl District residents had to listen to a noisy process called pile driving, and in October, the same thing is going to happen across the street.

Gary Jetter moved into the Pearl District just after the pile driving finished at Block 17, but now neighbors tell him when Block 20 construction starts, it’s going to get loud.

And some are saying this is more than an annoyance, they feel it’s a health hazard, especially for children.

Chapman Elementary School holds kindergarten classes nearby, even holding recess across the street at The Fields Park.

Hoyt Street Properties said that because of the soil conditions near the Willamette River, pile driving will give Block 20 the safest foundation. They also said the company is working with both the City of Portland and Portland Public Schools to find solutions for the people and children nearby.

A Portland noise control officer told KOIN 6 News since 2014 they’ve moved back the start time for pile driving from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., and it’s no longer allowed on Saturday. Still, a lot of residents say that doesn’t fix the problem.

“It’s really very noisy, and it interferes with your daily routine, especially for people who are retired or work at home,” said Jetter.

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