Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Ourisman Honda plans to jackhammer inside building at night in Bethesda (Photos)

Earplug and white noise machine alert for residents of the Flats at Bethesda Avenue, The Darcy, The Seasons, and possibly Crescent Plaza, 7001 Arlington Road, Upstairs at Bethesda Row, and the Sacks neighborhood. Ourisman Honda is renovating its service facilities, and the work will involve demolition. The contractor doing the work has requested a noise waiver from Montgomery County's Department of Environmental Protection to allow jackhammering of concrete to be done at night.

Nighttime work, expected to take place between now and June 2, 2016 from 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM, will involve jackhammering of concrete slabs and foundations, and generate vibration, noise and dust.

For those reasons, the dealership says the work cannot be done during business hours due to the potential health impact on customers and Ourisman employees.

The contractor is proposing to place sound attenuation walls and "sound blankets" against the exterior wall that faces the very lucky tenants of the Flats at Bethesda Avenue luxury apartments. A sign indicating the location of the contractor's field office is the only current indication that work is beginning.


20 comments:

Wrol said...

Wonder how much that property is worth. Would be nice if they did a mixed use building and retained the dealership. Adding some housing and or offices would be nice.

Anonymous said...

I hope they end of developing this site. You know, like Westbard!

WEST WHAT? WEST BARD!
WEST WHAT? WEST BARD!
WEST WHAT? WEST BARD!

Anonymous said...

Tell it to someone who cares Dyer. If this is the type of shit you are gonna write about post-Westbard, it may be time to find a new hobby.

Robert Dyer said...

7:06: This is big news if you live in earshot of the site. What's your output that adds value to the community?

Anonymous said...

I'm sure every decibel of sound is like music to the ears of the developers nearby...

Hopefully they are listening to the sweet tunes dating back to 2000 from a little album called "Out for Revenge", a personal favorite

Anonymous said...

Good, they need an upgrade. I'd guess that all the construction has made it miserable in that spot; their entrance/exit has been brutal.

Anonymous said...

Dyer you only give a rat's ass about this because it is where you go to get your mom's minivan serviced! Loser!

Anonymous said...

Bethesdans were polled on which noise they would prefer to hear:

1) Robert Dyer's "music"

2) Loud, continuous jackhammering through the wee hours

By a margin of 9 to 1, Bethesdians chose #2.

Anonymous said...

@9:21 is tone-deaf from all his easy-listening music. I guess you don't like Babymetal either.

Anonymous said...

What do I care? I drive a Bentley

Anonymous said...

Is Robert Dyer a White Noise Machine?

Anonymous said...

This is so stupid. Do you really think it is gonna be heard throughout the night? What a moron.

Robert Dyer said...

12:30: Sour grapes about this timely, enterprising reporting. I understand. What I don't understand is why you think jackhammers that require a noise waiver wouldn't be "heard throughout the night."

Anonymous said...

That is just idiotic. Why would they grant the waiver if that was the case? MoCo is very protective of its citizens. Give me a break birdbrain.

Anonymous said...

I heard as a part of the waiver all of the residents get noise cancelling headphones. Problem solved.

Anonymous said...

@6:41 Dyer would rather bitch about it than report the entire story. But wait- thats consistent with every piece of trash he posts on this blog.

Anonymous said...

They ought to jackhammer the entire place down.

Anonymous said...

@657 yep and then head straight for Westbard because its coming, whether you like it or not Dyer!!! Loser!!!

Anonymous said...

Westbard area? Fine. Lot of car related stuff over that way. Although, eventually, like Bethesda, those will all be gone.

Anonymous said...

I live in the house right behind Oursman...and I care. So in spite of the troll commenting above, let me be clear that my neighbors on Leland Street also care. Phase I of this addition occurred years ago in 2000 when they thought pile driving at 3:00am was a friendly way to conduct business as a neighbor. It was a racket I can't even describe and didn't stop until we repeatedly reported them to the EPA. This time they seem to be taking more precautions to mitigate the sound. Hope it works. I'm not sure how long it's already been happening at night but so far it hasn't woken us up. Perhaps it will stay that way but we shall see. It was dreadful living next to the Lot 31 project during blasting and evening work so we could certainly use a break and a little regard by the county. By the way, when reporting on this location, no one ever seems to consider the Sacks neighborhood as relevant but we've been here since the 1930s (our family since the 50s) and appreciate this kind if reporting that actually benefits communities and not just developers. Thanks. And to the person who called Robert a "bird brain," yes, even the rep at Oursman admitted to me that the county gave them a waiver. The same way the county gave Clark multiple waivers to pour concrete and work at night at Lot 31. Never, not one single day in decades, have I seen the county protect our neighborhood from developers. Not ever. They protect the commuters, businesses and developers before downtown residents.