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Square project moves to day shift

August 06, 1997

Square project moves to day shift

By JULIE E. GREENE

Staff Writer

Noise from the reconstruction of Public Square is bothering Alexander House residents, forcing construction crews to switch to a daytime shift, officials said Wednesday.

Callas Contractors Inc. crews will start working day hours on Friday, said City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman.

"We were trying to avoid complications with traffic" by having the demolition of the square done at night, Zimmerman said.

The contractor's crew was to work another 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. shift overnight Wednesday and return to work at the square on Friday morning, he said.

Residents at the Alexander House at 7 E. Washington St. were extremely upset by the noise overnight on Monday and Tuesday, said Jean Hettenhouser, manager.

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"Our building is for elderly, handicapped and disabled individuals. They have difficulty sleeping normally," Hettenhouser said.

Some of the roughly 104 residents at the Alexander House were upset enough about the flood lights and noise to call City Hall themselves.

As of Wednesday afternoon, City Hall had received six phone calls concerning complaints about the noise.

"I hear it every night I go to bed. I have trouble sleeping. I can't sleep at night," said Mary Cooper, 60, a resident at the Alexander House for about four years.

The project manager for Callas had said it would take up to a week and a half of night work to demolish the two west quadrants of the square. The entire square reconstruction is expected to be done by the Mummers' Parade on Nov. 1.

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