Friday, March 23, 2012

Monte Sano: Neighbors Hoping Developer Provides Required Dust Control

Photo: Jerome Courshon, February 5, 2012.  Grading began and stopped in February as the grading permits expired for the 63 units at Monte Sano.  (Click on photos to enlarge.)

According to the previously approved and now lapsed grading permits, they plan the following earth moving:

CUT: 46,300 Cubic Yards
FILL: 5,930 Cubic Yards
IMPORT: 40,370 Cubic Yards
Photo: Diane Edwardson, February 9, 2012.  An apartment building on Waverly is right next to the old Monte Sano Hospital site.  That's a whole lot of dirt to move right next door in a neighborhood that's already burdened by months of DWP construction.

What's missing in these photos?  Dust screening material on the chain link fence.  It may not seem like much, but it does help keep some of dirt contained.  It is the very least a developer can do.  

When we had several homes under construction on different parts of my street, the one with dust screening had less dirt in the street than the other 3 unscreened sites. With every car driving by, the dust (particulate matter) becomes airborne and ends up deep in your lungs.   

More on the dangers of Particulate Matter (PM10 & PM2.5) tomorrow Sunday.

Monte Sano is one of the large problem lots in the Legacy of Failed Development in our neighborhood.