Big House construction Too Loud, say residents

The lead story in today’s Ann Arbor News [see Battle brews over Big House noise] it looks like the Stadium renovation project is starting to wear on the local residents.

Here’s a few key items raised in the piece:
– As a university project, the renovation isn’t governed by local laws. Typically construction can take place Monday-Saturday 7am to 9pm. The stadium construction runs seven days a week from 6am to 10pm in order to meet the goal of completion before the 2010 season.
– The city administrator is arguing that noise that carries beyond the bounds of the stadium should be governed by city law.
– The Ann Arbor City council will take up the matter on April 7th.

Big House construction Too Loud, say residents

Takes:
– Ann Arbor is a liberal town, people are vocal and I guess I’d like the process to run out a little bit so we don’t find out that a couple residents are the only ones complaining.
– Many if not most homeowners live near some type of noise, be it a highway or major road, train tracks, airport, whatever, and most of us have to deal with some form of construction noise from time to time. I can understand folks getting a little concerned about three years straight of construction. All this said, I’m guessing it’ll be tough for the locals to do anything about this.
– Without knowing much about the project schedule, can’t we assume that the noise levels will decrease as the foundation and framing is completed this summer?
– I think every serious Michigan fan has dreamed of living near the stadium. There are certainly some benefits – perfect tailgating, a few righteous bucks from parking, the envy of your friends, etc. Don’t some of the benefits of living near the stadium come with the price of dealing with crowds, traffic and yes, construction?
– Would love to hear from some of the folks that live near the site and get their take on how disturbed they really are about the project.

Related posts:

* Stadium renovation update, YouTube style and photos.
* How it’ll look for kick-off 2008

P.S. Yes, I mean folks who live near the stadium, not gnomes that dwell in under the overhangs

3 Comments

  1. I live two blocks down from a hospital. Three blocks from that, is the nearest interstate exit. So every fire truck/ambulance/cop/junkie leaving the ER, goes by the intersection I live on. Guess what, I got used to it. Some of the junkies can be pretty entertaining to listen to as well.

  2. If you own a home near Michigan Stadium, you bought it without the noise.

    If you buy a house near an interstate, the house’s price reflected that–you got a reduction. If they build a new interstate, the house’s price goes down. If someone owns a house near the stadium and it’s genuinely noisy all the time, they just lost value in the house, until the noise stops.

    When I was a senior, I liked that White Street was so close to Crisler Arena, and especially the Intermural Sports Building (more a participant than a spectator). But I was a renter, and I didn’t care about the long term value of the house.

    Now that I’m a homeowner, I’m really glad I live far away from the stadium here in Iowa City–two buses and twenty minutes and I’m there. I only go to Michigan games, at which I’m roundly abused. The rest of the time, I’m watching Michigan on the tube, glad that some Hawkeye yahoo isn’t going to walk through my backyard because he’s too drunk to find the street.

  3. 6AM- 10PM? That does sound excessive to me, no matter what you are building. Seems to me they could at least keep the noise level below a certain level (i.e. limit the kind of eqpt. being used) to at least conform to city standards, which are ‘liberal’ enough. Other municipal areas are more limited- such as 8Am -7PM which is bad enough if you write or record or try to have a bit of peace and quiet or a meal or whatever…

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