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Neighbors unhappy with The Gables

Bolduc acknowledged that dust is an issue at the site. The soil that's been excavated there is "almost like talcum powder," he said, and it blows about in windy conditions.

"Common sense right now is going to say, don't leave your windows open when this is going on," Bolduc said. "I think that's what they should be doing."

Some residents have said a fence or berm should be erected, but Bolduc argued dust would get over even a high fence. He said Keystone will make better efforts to wet down the site in windy conditions to reduce dust, but this can also turn the ground to mud and hamper work.

Bethlehem Supervisor Sam Messina and other town officials recently met with Bolduc after fielding complaints from residents, and the supervisor said they discussed dust control and the removal of trees.

"We're trying to be as sensitive as we can to the neighbors' concerns," Messina said. "It's a big project and it's going to go on for a while. We emphasized with the developer it's important to keep these communications going."

For Mondonna Yazdi, who has lived in an Adams Place home with her husband, Reza, for about six years, the dust is a nuisance but she said the construction noise also rouses her from bed at about 6:30 a.m. most days, sometimes on Saturdays, too.

"We're still in bed and they start making all sorts of noise," she said. "It's like an earthquake, the whole building starts shaking."

She also complained of construction workers swearing and arguing near her open windows, a stone's throw from the construction site.

The construction permits allow work to start at 7 a.m. and run to 6 p.m. weekday, with work starting at 8 on Saturdays. There's no work allowed on Sundays.

Bolduc said that the dust and noise problems should be considerably reduced once a road is installed, so trucks don't have to drive over the dirt.

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