BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - It's hard to miss the new lights shining at the city's Maryner Towers, across from LaSalle Park, as you drive by on the I-190.
Ever since these new lights went in atop the apartment buildings, it's like daylight all the time. Jaklin Kuing, who lives in the towers, likes them.
"They're really good because it kind of gets so dark here outside and early in the morning," Kuin said. "I work at 5 a.m., so when I come out from the building, it's kind of bright like daylight."
Though Kuing says they make him feel safe, others, like those who live right across the street, aren't as pleased.
Ruth Quinones lives on Effner Street.
"At my mother's house, we have to put down the curtains it's too, too bright," she said. "You can't even see the TV right at night time."
"And we have complained but no one has heard."
Jose Moreno lives in the towers and says it's hard to sleep.
"When we close the window and we close the curtain, we keep on having the light in the room and we can't sleep with that," he complained.
News 4 reached John Varecka, president of CRM Rental Management, which runs the apartment complex, by phone. He says they wanted an energy efficient lighting system to brighten the parking lots, but admits these lights are brighter than he expected, and he's waiting for an engineer's assessment on how to make them dimmer.
In addition to the bright lights, the neighbors across the street have complained about construction that they say is blowing dust at their houses and cars.
Alberto Carrion, who lives on Effner Street, said, "It's cleaning every time. This guy does nothing about the dust."
Quinones added, "It's enough that we're down near the expressway breathing all them fumes and then you add this."
Varecka is asking the residents to be patient. He says the construction will be finished in March, and he plans to find a way to make those lights less bright sometime this fall.
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