Phoenix man uses video camera to stop late night construction noise

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- A man renting a downtown loft is sleepless in Phoenix and he’s blaming construction crews.

Ron Blake is fine with crews working throughout the day to finish a new apartment complex on 3rd and Roosevelt, but when they're burning the midnight oil to get the project done, Blake has a problem

“It's just really difficult. You'll wake up hearing hammering, beeping, whistles and the cranes dropping things and really, really loud noises,” said Blake.

The angry tenant said he's spoken to construction workers and city officials, but hasn't gotten anywhere.

That's why on Tuesday morning Blake videotaped all of the action.

“We live in a YouTube society so sometimes that's where you will get responses,” said Blake.

3TV did a little digging for Blake.

According to the city officials, construction noise is not allowed in the wee hours without proper permits.

“They're breaking the ordinance at this time. They don't have permission to work that late of hours,” said spokesperson for the city’s Planning and Development Department, Tom Wandrie.

The Senior V.P. for Concord Eastridge, Steven Schnoor said the contractor applied for the proper permit Tuesday. 

According to Wandrie, it could take a few days before a decision is made.

Schnoor said crews were working all night because of the extreme temperatures.

Blake's camera also caught police officers stopping by the construction site around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Without the proper permit, the officers asked construction crews to stop working until daylight.

“It felt great. I mean I was actually able to sleep last night. It was the best sleep I’ve had in a long time,” said Blake.