'It's a full night's rest is what we're fighting for'

EUGENE, Ore. - Patrick Westerberg moved into the Florence Apartments as resident manager last November as work on the Capstone apartment complex got going in earnest next door.

Since then, he and his 53 neighbors in the historic brick building have been greeted by the sound of construction weekdays at 7 a.m.

Now the contractor has asked the City of Eugene for permission to start work at 4:30 a.m. 2 or 3 days per week through the end of September. The general contractor said workers need to start working earlier in the day because of the cooler weather in order to pour concrete for an 8-story parking garage.

The time doesn't sit well with Westerberg and the residents of the Florence Apartments.

"During the winter, there was just a lot of vibrations and pounding as they dug holes, flattened out the ground and poured concrete," Westerberg said. "We've really been trying to be accommodating to the people next door, and understanding. If they're asking permission to start at 4:30 a.m., we're politely and sternly saying 'No' - and we hope that the city's going to hear us.

"You wouldn't want your families woken up at 430 in the morning for three months," he said. "Four thirty in the morning, to me, is dark, quiet, the deepest sleep time I'm getting.

"It's a full night's rest is what were fighting for."

The City of Eugene is accepting public comment through Thursday.

"We're still working on the decision and will not be prepared to give interviews," Katherine Kappa, City of Eugene land use supervisor, said in an email.