Short North construction project ordered to quiet down

Businesses in the Short North have been complaining about the noise and vibrations from nearby construction projects. Columbus Public Health found the noise level was higher than allowed by the city (WSYX/WTTE)

A Short North construction project has been ordered to turn the noise down while work continues on a proposed hotel project.

Columbus Public Health sent a citation notice Tuesday afternoon to Whiting Turner Construction alleging sounds from it's project at North High and Hubbard are exceeding city notice ordinances.

"I am constantly having headaches," said hair stylist Elle McMaster, who has a salon across the street from the construction site.

Short North businesses complained to Columbus Public Health, after workers started getting headaches and merchandise started falling from shelves a few weeks ago.

"It's just to the point we can't do business and it is the most critical part of the season," said Josh Quinn, owner of Tigertree.

Health officials tested the sound level and determined the noise level well exceeded the allowed 75 dBA during the day, which is the level of noise you would hear from a vacuum cleaner while standing about 10 feet away. Test results showed the levels to be more than 89 DBA while construction work was underway, which is around the level of noise you would hear while standing three feet away from a food blender.

"All I am asking for is an adherence to the code, the ordinances were written to protect the public," said Quinn.

ABC 6/FOX 28 contacted Whiting Turner Construction, but an employee told us no comment even before we informed them what we were calling about.

The company has 15 days to lower the noise around the construction site or face action by The Columbus City Prosecutors Office.

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