Complaints about Construction Nuisances in el Centro
By Jesús Aguado
The generation of noise, dust, and crude language of construction workers at Recreo 8A have led the neighbors to submit complaints to the Urban Development Department. Édgar Bautista, director of that department, invites all citizens to make complaints about construction nuisances because that is the only way of maintaining control and inspecting what they are doing, he said.
According to the neighbors, several condominiums on calle Recreo have been under construction for four years. The construction noise starts at 6am. When neighbors tried to talk with the architect responsible for the work, he just made fun of them, saying that they would finish the construction on Tuesday, “but we do not know what year.” Affected neighbors submitted their complaints at the Urban Development Department, and when the inspectors went to supervise the construction, the noise ended for a couple hours. Later, it started up again, according to the neighbors.
Édgar Bautista remarked that the construction permit is for a house, and the construction must have 80 percent progress because the permit expires in the next three months. Bautista said that he knows about the complaints from the neighbors, “and that is normal in construction,” he points out. “All the construction in the historic center generates dust and noise.” He claimed that the complaints have been heard, but the construction must continue because it is an important development that cannot be stopped.
“I understand that there is noise. The working hours are uncomfortable because they start at 6am, but we gave them a notice that they cannot generate noise at 6am, but [only]from 8am-5pm from Monday through Thursday, and on Friday until 2pm; Saturdays and Sundays they cannot cause noise, but it does not mean that they cannot perform other construction activities.” Bautista said it is important to have complaints from the citizens because this helps his department to have better control over the construction sites in San Miguel.
Finally, he commented that those responsible for construction receive a notice with the complaints of the neighbors, and the Urban Development Department is requesting that they have better control of their workers. If anyone does not fulfill the request, he could lose his license for construction in the historic center. In addition, if he requests a permit from the INAH (National Institute of Anthropology and History), he would have to pay a high deposit for it.