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Developer of project asking city of Lansing for permission to work around the clock

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Posted at 7:01 PM, Sep 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-30 19:01:37-04

LANSING, Mich. — The developer of a major project, situated on the Lansing/East Lansing border is asking for permission to work around the clock--but people who live in the area say the non-stop noise will be distracting, annoying and disruptive.

The city council will be voting Monday night on whether or not to allow the waiver of their noise ordinance.

Noise fills the construction site as workers clear the brush of the former Red Cedar Golf Course.

Before they prepare the building pads the developer is requesting a waiver of the city's noise ordinance to allow work 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

A schedule some neighbors say they can't live with including Alison Duda, who is a full-time student.

"I have diagnosed chronic migraines. Loud noises, lack of sleep can really be heavy triggers. It would be really hard for not to be in my own living space due to noise, vibrations," Duda said.

The waiver would start on Oct. 1 and would last through Nov. 30.

It would also allow Saturday and holidays from Dec. 1st until it is finished.

The executive project manager said the waiver is just an insurance policy in case they fall behind on schedule.

"If there's inclement weather for a period of time, we have to have so many hours to be able to do the things we need to have done before the winter sets in because then of course, we'll taper off due to the conditions," Christopher Stralkowski, Ferguson Development Executive Project manager said.

Stralkowski said they do want to be respectful of everybody, but Duda hope the developer's request is denied. She believes there can be a more accommodating schedule with students in mind.

"Working through maybe like prime class times when people aren't present so maybe like 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., maybe would be good and then extending the time frame that we're giving for this noise waiver," Duda said.

The Red Cedar Development Project is expected to be finished by the fall of 2020.

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