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Ongoing Drilling From Construction on Lamartine Street Frustrating Neighborhood

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Ongoing Drilling From Construction on Lamartine Street Frustrating Neighborhood

According to a building permit supplied by Inspectional Services Department, the construction will establish four different structures with three units each at 279 Lamartine St. (ISD). Puddingstone is stacked throughout the site, and it can only be removed using explosives or by chipping away with a hammer bit.

“Unfortunately, the second approach can be disruptive, but it is the only realistic way to remove the subsurface parts that are there, hence the necessity to adjust the operating hours,” said Lisa Timberlake, an ISD spokesman.

Construction began on January 16 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day); in June, the city changed the hours of operation from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. According to city officials, building projects are exempt from the city’s noise rule between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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Trais Pearson’s house is right next to the building site, and he says the noise and dust are still bothering him and his family. Pearson had sued the city and the property’s former owner after the city granted many variances. The action was dismissed two days before trial after the prior developer submitted a motion giving up the variances granted by Boston’s Zoning Board of Appeals.

A year later, the developer sold the property. According to the city’s Assessing Department, the current owner of the property is Lamartine Quattro Realty LLC. The lawyer whose contact information is displayed on a banner at the building site did not respond to Jamaica Plain News.

According to Pearson, the present contractor was granted a special permit to start work on a holiday. His two daughters walked into his bedroom about 7 a.m. on the first morning after three excavators were operating roughly 10 feet from the house under flood lights, he said. He claims there was no previous notification that construction was due to commence, and that work started an hour earlier than the holiday permission allowed and ended an hour later than the permit allowed.

He claims the pneumatic hammer has been operating five days a week since then.

“I work from home, so I’ve had to put up with every minute of the hammering,” Pearson said. “However, there was a period when my [3-year-old] daughter was home ill from daycare and couldn’t sleep because the sound is absolutely constant and unavoidable.” After a diesel generator was erected around 12 feet from his window, his son was awoken at 7 a.m. on a recent morning to a strange sound, and his bedroom smelled like smoke, he claimed.

Pearson has filed 311 complaints with the city, as have other neighbours.

Timberlake claims that an ISD inspector has visited the property several times. She went on to say that ISD was notified that the contractor started working at 6:58 a.m. on May 27 rather than 7 a.m., and that an ISD deputy building commissioner went to the site and discussed acceptable start and end times with the contractor.

On June 6 and 10, health inspectors visited the location after the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) investigated concerns about dust.

“BPHC inspectors visited the site and cooperated with contractors to keep dust from spreading into surrounding residential areas,” said Jon Latino, BPHC media relations manager. Health inspectors from the BPHC are also actively working with contractors on the job site to reduce dust. Noise complaints were to be investigated by the Environment Department as well. Dave Vittorini, Mayor Michelle Wu’s senior advisor, also pitched in to help.

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