Broad Ripple residents angered after parking garage construction gets overnight noise exemption

Keystone Construction issued noise exemption

INDIANAPOLIS - Overnight construction at a parking garage in Broad Ripple is angering residents who live nearby, Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenney reported.


Resident Stacey Merrill contacted the Call 6 Investigators Kara Kenney and Stephen Dean on Jan. 16 with concerns about the noise.

“All I really want is to be able to sleep undisturbed at night,” wrote Merrill in an email to the Call 6 Investigators. “I don’t think that’s too much to ask. It baffles me this is allowed in an area that has so many residences surrounding the site.”

Dean used a handheld camera to shoot video between 1:15 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. on Jan. 17 and captured banging, scraping, and beeping noises from the construction.

The city’s noise ordinance limits construction between the hours of 7 pm and 7 am, but Kenney obtained a document that showed Keystone Construction, the company building the garage, received an exemption from Dec. 10 through Jan. 28.

Al Ensley, spokesperson for the Department of Code Enforcement, told Kenney the agency issues about 10 exemptions every year.

A statement from the Keystone Group said they’re working at night for safety reasons.

"We have placed a high priority on the safety of our workers and passers-by while dealing with the challenge of constructing this project,” read the statement from Paul Okeson, vice president with the Keystone Group. “In order to bring in the large-scale equipment for the heavy jobs, and to ensure safety on the construction site and in the adjacent area, we need to work through the night to avoid closing down both College Avenue and Westfield Blvd during the day.”

Merrill told RTV6 she filed complaints with the Mayor’s Action Center, Keystone Construction and the Broad Ripple Village Association, and received an apology from Keystone for the noise.
 

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