Capstone Requests Noise Variance

EUGENE, Ore. — A controversy over noise is building at a downtown Eugene construction zone.

Crews working on the Capstone project near 13th and Willamette want to start working before the sun rises.

Neighbors say that’s not going to happen if they can help it. In their request, Capstone Construction says the construction site is surrounded by commercial businesses, but people living right there say that’s not the case and that their building is just feet from the already noisy construction site.

Patrick Westerberg wakes up to pounding and sawing each morning at the Florence Apartments located just feet from Capstone Construction’s site.

“It’s just been every day 7 in the morning until 7 at night. Monday through Saturday they have always overtime people working also on Sundays but not always starting exactly at 7, but every day, construction noise,” Westerberg said.

And now the company wants to start pouring concrete on the parking garage at 4:30 a.m. Capstone Construction says it understands neighbors’ concerns, but they felt this request was necessary.

“They need to understand that we need to sleep and doing it from 4:30 in the morning until 7 at night we have to say no,” Westerberg said.

The company says it will use 40 concrete trucks a day to pour the concrete on site. That could cause some traffic concerns on 13th Avenue.

“The opportunity to mitigate some potential traffic, congestion on 13th, they felt it was best to at least ask for this variance to see if it could be approved,” said Pat Walsh, Capstone Construction Spokesperson.

And while Capstone’s request says this site is mainly surrounded by businesses, neighbors say that’s not quite true.

“There’s fewer than 57 businesses in a block radius around this construction and we have 57 people in this one building so to say that their neighbors are mostly commercial businesses is false, it’s not true,” Westerberg said.

The City of Eugene is taking public comment on this noise variance request until June 20 at 5 p.m. It will then decide whether or not Capstone will be able to start pouring concrete early in the morning.

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  1. don jones says:

    NO, you can build it like anyone else, during regulated business hours.
    If you are behind, then hire more guys .
    Capstone is a blight on downtown.

    It is the “projects” of Eugene.

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