Residents concerned over construction inconveniences at Ballpark

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 10:51pm

The noise is ongoing in the Sunset Heights neighborhood in Downtown El Paso, the reason: construction crews working extra hours trying to battle the deadline that approaches every day.

"The noise is something I have a problem with too you know with my PTSD and phobias but I try to drown it down in the day and I do stuff so that it doesn't bother me as much," resident Gary Dengelly said.

Dengelly who lives in an apartment complex right behind the ballpark said he recently moved in now he has come up with ways to deal with the sound.

"I just learned to buy this noise reduction headphones and they're working but I'm gonna get some better ones that are more expensive and little ones so instead of sleeping and rolling over at night I was having that problem last night so I just bought them because of this noise," Dengelly said.

And the noise could get even worse as construction crews are thinking of working on a 24/7 schedule in case they're behind.

City Rep. Cortney Niland said the city is working with neighbors and the construction company to find an alternative that fits all.

"Obviously we want to make as least inconvenient as possible I know it's been very difficult for the neighborhood but in the end I do believe this is going to be a project that will be so phenomenal and I think that the neighbors will be very proud of," Niland said.

Jordan Construction is currently working on the ballpark seven days a week but not at night. Superintendent of Construction Larry Diaz mentioned the project is on schedule but if it comes to meeting the deadline working day and night would be an option.

"At night you know it's an old building you just have to face up to it so I think it's hard on the people over here paying rent and everything but I think that in the end it will be worth it." Dengelly said.

"We're listening to them directly doing what we can to help mitigate any sort of inconvenience but at the same time I think once it's completed he value of those particular properties will sky rocket." Niland concluded.


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