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Neighbors unhappy with The Gables

Some near townhome project say construction ruining the neighborhood

Neighbors of an under-construction Delmar townhome development are saying the project is negatively impacting their way of life and have turned in a petition to the Town of Bethlehem.

The Gables at Delmar development off of Delaware Avenue has been under construction for about three months, and in that time some nearby residents say drifting dust has become pervasive, construction noise wakes them early in the morning and mature trees near their homes have been unnecessarily cleared.

The builder said it will be working to address some of the concerns, but when it comes down to it, living next to a construction project like this is bound to be an inconvenience.

The best that we can do is just ask for a little patience from people, said Steve Bolduc, owner of Gables developer and builder Keystone Builders. "I know it's uncomfortable for them, but it's an approved process."

Stephen Piorkowski, whose back yard is right against the project site, said he has no issue with townhomes being built on the 5-acre lot, but he wasn't expecting the level of dust he and his neighbors have experienced since the project started.

"My whole kitchen was covered with dust, all over our floor and tabletops," he said.

Piorkowski and others in his neighborhood described having to choose between vacuuming and cleaning their homes almost constantly or shutting the house up completely to escape the dust. Some do not have air conditioning. A few complained that the dust is causing respiratory issues like persistent coughins.

"When it blows, there are dust clouds," said resident Laura Bowen, who has lived in her home for 12 years. "You can't see through it. You have to shut the windows. I haven't bothered to wash my windows because there's no sense in it."

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