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June 19, 2014

In the News: Are Developers Responsible for Soundproofing?

Filed under: Soundproofing News — Deborah Dera @ 6:55 pm

noiseIn New York City, an age old debate has come to the forefront in the news again. Hudson Yards residents in West Manhattan are living in the midst of a construction zone – and they’re not at all happy.

The renters in question live directly across the street from a major construction site owned by Brookfield Properties. They claim that workers begin early in the morning and continue late into the night. This means they’re constantly exposed to drilling, humming, and other construction-related noises. According to DNAinfo New York, neighbors claim the noise starts as early as 6am and continues until 2am the next day. That’s not much of a break at all.

It also makes us wonder what the noise ordinance rules are in New York City. How are these construction workers even allowed to keep that type of work schedule? Easy. They were granted a 24-hour work permit by the city.

Neighbors have been subjected to the noise for over a year and a half now. They would like the property manager to pay for soundproof windows. The cost to add that many windows is approximately $144,000 – really a drop in the bucket ┬ácompared to the cost of the apartments, and what is likely the massive cost of the construction project they’re working on.

The project is huge and expected to last at least another year, with the same work hours each day. Brookfield says they are working to improve sound-mitigation around the work site, but has not yet commented to any source about soundproofing the neighboring apartment buildings. They claim they are going to use smaller tools and that they will monitor noise levels so they can make adjustments as necessary.

Tenants aren’t really happy and haven’t gotten any answers. So what would you do?

While it costs money, I’d definitely invest in some green glue and drywall and consider soundproofing my interior walls myself. It may not solve the problem 100%, especially if the windows need soundproofing, but it could mitigate some of the sound that is being carried through the building via vibration frequencies. Regardless, we’ll be keeping an eye on this story. Those residents deserve a break from the noise, which really shouldn’t have been allowed at all.

 

 

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