Meridian neighbors tell city Walmart constuction is wrecking homes
Neighbors threaten to sue over construction
Subdivision threatens to sue Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
A group of Meridian homeowners says the city misled them about construction plans for a new Walmart. They contacted On Your Side because they say their homes are falling apart and no one cares.
Homeowners from the Bear Creek subdivision met with city leaders and the store's contractor on Wednesday afternoon, but didn't get the answers leaders they wanted. They say they may hire an attorney to clear up the mess.
Homeowners say the construction at Overland and Stoddard is literally shaking their homes to the foundation and the noise is unbearable. They say the city originally promised a concrete fence to block the noise, but contractors installed a vinyl fence instead.
“It was vibrating so violently, I could not see my computer screen. I mean it was a violent vibration, not minor; violent,” said one homeowner.
Another said, “When everything on the walls is shaking, when the windows are vibrating like that it, drives you crazy.”
“When you have everything rattling in your house, the noise is deafening, it drives you nuts,” said Gena Leanard, a homeowner.
Another homeowner says the vibration in her parents’ home is so severe that their smoke detectors fell off the walls.
The city says it will not step in, and the contractor says he has to finish the job. Nobody from Walmart attended the meeting, but the contractor said he would try to get Walmart to sit down for a meeting with the homeowners.