Usually having an apartment close to a metro station is an asset, but not so when the station is getting a new ventilation system. Tenants living next door to the Berri-UQAM station are demanding compensation from the STM, saying the renovation work is making their lives miserable.
The construction on St Timothée started in November of 2013.
Grant Cunningham, who lives in the apartment building in front of the work site, says his windows have been boarded up for days at a time and the work sometimes starts as early as 5:30 AM.
“There was not even a warning, I came home after work one day and what like what the heck, all of our front windows were boarded up, it looked like we were living in a crack house.”
He says he feels unsafe living on the edge of a massive construction pit and the STM is giving him the run around.
“I think there should be some compensation to the businesses and the tenants living there.”
“When I called the STM said there was nothing they could do, that I had to call the Régie du logement, I called the Régie and they told me I could sue my landlord and then my landlord could sue the STM.”
STM spokesperson Amélie Régis says they never offer compensation to businesses or residences.
She says work should only be executed between 7 AM and 7 PM, and that the site meets all safety standards.
The work is expected to be completed in fall 2015.