Plaza Plans Raising Night Noise Concern

Take a look around the plaza in front of the Tulsa county courthouse and it looks like something straight out of Madmen. But before long, the plaza will have a whole new look.

"We ought to be getting plans here this week or next week," said Paul Zachary of the city of Tulsa.

Making that transformation will take up to 16 months. And initially, much of the work was going to be done at night.

"When it came to actual demolition type work or drilling into those columns, that was all going to be done at night," he said.

News which was not received well by Bill Leighty.

"It's time for us to step forward and address our serious concerns about it," he said.

The downtown resident lives within view of the courtyard, but more importantly, he's concerned about living within earshot.

"There are literally hundreds and hundreds of families or visitors who are going to be trying to get a good night's sleep," he said.

When bids for the project came back significantly over budget it was reworked to allow for daytime construction.

"By and large, we're going to be able to do a lot of that demolition during the day," said Zachary.

That's not to say however, that there will be no night time work.

"If we do have to do night work, it's going to be on an isolated incident by incident basis," he said.

Incidents, no doubt, which will be closely listened for by Leighty. Who doesn't mind day time work, but when it's bedtime...

"But when it's bedtime, that's a different story. I want to be able to get a good night's sleep, and I hope my city councilors and the mayor of Tulsa will keep in mind that we have a lot of people who live down here and we're trying to get more people to move downtown, so that is not a very welcoming thing is when they're going to be facing a year and a half of construction noise," he said.

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