Monday, January 31, 2011

Changing The Neighbourhood

Our neighbourhood is an older established area with older homes and lots of trees.  When we moved here in 2005 there was an elderly lady living sort of kitty corner from us.  After a couple of years she was no longer able to live alone and family took her to live with them.  Since then her home has stood empty.  The home according to the landlord needed to be torn down as it was not in good shape.  It has sat like that for a few years now, every once in a while someone would come to clean the front yard and that was it.
It has now been sold and on Monday a couple of guys with a sledgehammer showed up and started to de-construct the home.  They worked at it for about 3 days and then when all the old windows, railings, re bar, etc. that could be salvaged had been and they had reduced the home to a pile of rubble, a backhoe showed up.  He dug out part of the front rock wall and garden area to make a path up into the lot and began to pull the rubble to the front of the lot to be piled up onto the street to be loaded onto a dump truck.
Yesterday a dump truck showed up and they filled him up 3 or 4 times and the pile has disappeared.  So I am assuming the backhoe will continue to pull out more until he is finished cleaning the lot.  I was told the dump truck charges 600 pesos a load not sure if that includes a dumping fee.
We have been having fun watching the workers, especially when the head of their sledge hammer kept flying off and they had to keep putting it back on.  Once it flew down a hole in the rubble and they had to spend some time fishing it out with a long stick.  It was recovered and re-attached and work continued.
We know the new owners well, so the neighbourhood won't change a lot people wise; but it will sure look different with a new home in that lot eventually.
I'm sure there will be lots more construction posts coming as the home goes up.
 Poco a poco.


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4 comments:

Steve Cotton said...

It looks like a nice lot. Any view from there?

Brenda said...

Steve: Hard to say. It kind of backs onto a hill and in front there is a house, etc.. They are making it 2 stories tall so there may be a view of the bay from the second story. Won't be able to properly answer that until the second story is up and that will be quite some time I am sure.

Steve Cotton said...

That is certainly true down here, isn't it? Only the finished product will give us the answer. There is no profit in guessing.

Brenda said...

No; but guessing is fun.