Channelside residents are sounding off about a diesel pump that is running 24-7 at construction site

TAMPA, Fla. - Damian Santiago's sleep is precious to him.

The flight attendant is in the air and in different states at least three days out of the week. 

With his irregular schedule, Santiago said when he finally gets to retreat to his Channelside apartment, he has to set aside any time he can to get some shuteye.

With new construction across the street from The Place, catching Z's is now more a dream than a reality.

"It's like a truck that is sitting right outside your front door or your patio," Santiago said.

The noise is coming from a diesel pump that is running around the clock where the new Skyhouse high rise is being built.

The leasing agent at The Place, the building adjacent to the construction site, told ABC Action News the construction crew informed him the pump must run continuously for the next four weeks to prepare the ground for the building's foundation.

How does Santiago make it through the night? "An Ambien," he said.

ABC Action News reached out to the Novare Group, which is responsible for construction, but was unable to get a comment Wednesday.

Santiago is among a handful of residents complaining about the noise.

At The Place, some tenants have asked to be moved to the other side of the building to escape the noise.

"If they want to work during the day, we understand," said Bob Page, a resident who complained to city leaders.

"It's progress. It is all good for the neighborhood. But they don't have to do it at 3 a.m.," he added.

Page said the noise began last week. When it continued through the weekend, he got in touch with city leaders.

He was referred to Bob Bass, the city's building inspection supervisor.

According to Page, Bass phoned him Wednesday and informed him they would build a damper around the pump to drown out the noise.

Bass added that they would reinvestigate the noise if the damper failed to work, Page said.

The damper is expected to take two days to build.

It is unclear when the damper will but built. However, one thing is for sure: The pump will continue to run for the next four weeks.

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