In downtown Bethesda, Apex site developers received permission for an overnight demolition project in October.
Today, demolition professionals often recycle more than 90% of a building after it’s been leveled but there are still major noise issues that go along with demolition projects, especially in larger metros.
According to Bethesda Magazine, a 30-day noise waver places a cap on the amount of sound the Apex developer, Carr Properties, can produce while demolishing the property. The structure, a 150,000-square-foot building, is located at 7272 Wisconsin Ave. County officials will be monitoring the demolition job throughout the month of October, especially during the night, to make sure that the noise doesn’t get too loud or cause too much commotion.
“They won’t be able to make unlimited noise,” said Stan Edwards, Montgomery County’s chief of environmental policy and compliance.
For months, Montgomery County weighed Carr Properties’ request to conduct the round-the-clock demolition and finally approved the project.
“It’s surrounded by lots of big buildings, and that will serve as a good noise buffer,” Edwards added. “[There] definitely will be a lot of people who will here [the demolition].”
According to Construction and Demolition Recycling, the permit also states that the overnight demolition must remain below 85 decibels from at least 50 feet away. The permit will last until November 8th and Carr Properties can apply for two additional 30-day extensions if the project doesn’t finish by then. If Carr Properties does need an extension, a new permit application must be submitted.
Shelly Saunders, hotel manager at the Residence Inn Bethesda, is concerned that the demolition activity, even if it complies with the noise ordinance, will likely keep the hotel guests awake throughout the night.
“We’re trying to avoid huge revenue losses and really unhappy customers,” she said.