We’re pickin’ up bad vibrations
We stepped out of the Cosmos office early Tuesday evening to enjoy a breath of fresh air and grab a quick bite to eat. While we were waiting for our food to be prepared, we took a wander down the street to get an up-close glimpse of the construction site that is currently taking up our downtown. We reached the construction zone, and even though the road is completely and safely blocked off to traffic, we felt wonderfully rebellious while freely jaywalking all over the still-exposed portion of Brock St. W. in front of the Roxy. We then hopped up onto the sidewalk in front of RE/MAX and sauntered down to have a peek through the metal fence.
Holes to left of us, rubble to the right, here we are – stuck in the middle with a giant black drilling machine that looks like it could strike oil at any second (apologies to Stealers Wheel). Said machine is currently sitting right where Uxbridge Shoes and Repair was once located, and is but a few feet from the walls of Mondo Hair Salon to the east and the Royal LePage office building to the west. We bet those businesses just love that.
Now, we are sure that all the engineers, contractors, architects and project managers involved in this culvert project have done their due diligence in making sure that while said big drilling machine hammers away at the ground, the integrity of the surrounding buildings won’t suffer. But we have two words – Coffee Time (to recap: Coffee Time was closed down at the beginning of January when cracks and heaves were discovered in the building. It’s been closed ever since.). When Brock St. was closed down for this part of the project, the powers-that-be said that crews learned a thing or two from working on the north side of Brock, and that procedures for the south side would be different.
We certainly hope so. Because, although our little pea-sized brain doesn’t know squat about putting in a culvert, it seems pretty unlikely that the Mondo and Royal LePage buildings aren’t going to suffer from a huge machine rumbling away mere metres away from their concrete walls. We hear the banging and feel the clanging here at the office – being at ground zero must be sheer torture. And those poor businesses, trying to get started up after being closed for weeks due to the COVID pandemic – they’re being slapped up one side of the face, then the other, repeatedly. How is it possible to give a haircut or consult with a home buyer when mechanical vibrations unsteady the hand that’s holding scissors and noise makes holding a conversation impossible?
That rig needs to get out of there as soon as possible. It’s making us nervous for the buildings, and for those who work and live inside them.