State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz today called on City Hall to halt all overnight construction work at the Bulfinch Crossing/Government Center Garage project until developer HYM, the city and the T can figure out a way to allow construction of the office skyscraper part of the project while also letting his constituents get some sleep.
Michlewitz said he's been deluged in recent months with complaints from nearby West End and North End residents about jackhammering and other demolition work between 1 a.m. and 4:30 a.m.
The problem is that the garage that HYM is replacing sit on top of the Green and Orange Lines and the T has only allowed work when the trains aren't running. In a letter to Wu and her transportation and inspectional-services chiefs, Michlewitz wrote that he understands construction schedules, but also that his constituents deserve some respite:
The construction plan for this project was conceived in 2013, a time in which Bulfinch Triangle was not nearly as heavily populated as it is today. The need for demolition to only take place while the MBTA is not operation is perfectly understandable for an area that is not densely populated. However, since 2013 this area has evolved into a diverse neighborhood in which many residents now reside, and it is my belief that a new construction plan which takes their quality-of-life concerns into effect is needed immediately.
He adds that one possible solution would be to have the T set up a daytime diversion program to temporarily run buses instead of trains on some days so that HYM's contractors can do some work then.