Boarding house irks St. Albert cul-de-sac residents
City says homeowner cannot open a boarding house for construction workers
Residents of a St. Albert cul-de-sac say their newest neighbours have already worn out their welcome — all two dozen of them.
Residents were stunned to learn a home on the once quiet suburban street was being rented to house a crew of construction workers.
"They just kept coming," said Terri Lee. "You'd look at the cresent and there would be more men with more duffle bags moving in. It was unbelievable to watch."
Lee believes as many as 27 men could be staying in the home, one of eight in the cul-de-sac.
"I felt like I was just plunked in the middle of a Fort McMurray oil camp," she said.
The noise has become unbearable, especially at around 5 a.m. when the workers jump in their trucks, she said.
"I hear b-r-r-r. I hear the diesel. The diesels will run for on average 30 minutes in the morning."
Neighbours were told the home was being rented by two couples, but about two weeks ago, several large diesel trucks began pulling up, she said.
Lee and her neighbours quickly complained to the city and won a cease-and-desist order, to little effect.
"The owner and the residents were served with a cease-and-desist order and that day or the next day three or four more people moved in," she said.
The owner has been told he can't have a boarding house, said St. Albert's city manager.
"We are trying to move quickly because this is not an allowed," said Patrick Draper. "We are trying to work with the owner and landlord."
The owner of the house told CBC News the workers will be gone in the next few days, something Lee says she'll believe when she sees it.
With files from CBC's John Archer